Each state has specific laws regarding when a notary public may or may not complete a notary certificate. These laws are put in place to protect the customer and the notary.
There are four categories of disqualification for notarization. A San Diego mobile notary may refuse to certify a document due to disqualifications relating to the signer, the document, the notary, or other factors.
The Notary May Disqualify The Signer
The signer is not present at the time of the signing.
The signer cannot be properly identified using one of the approved forms of identification.
The signer does not speak the same language as the notary.
The signer is unwilling to swear or affirm that the information in the document being notarized is correct and true.
The signer does not appear to be aware, alert and responsive. If the signer is confused or disoriented due to medications, substance abuse or a medical condition, the notary cannot proceed.
The signer is being coerced into signing the document.
The Notary May Disqualify The Document
The document is incomplete or contains blank spaces or missing pages.
The document does not contain a notarial certificate, such as a jurat or acknowledgment, and the signer is unable to tell the notary which certificate is needed.
The document type is not permitted for notarization by the California Secretary of State.
The Notary May Disqualify Themselves
The notary is the signer of the document.
The notary is named as a party to the transaction or has any financial interest or benefit in the transaction.
The signer is the notary’s spouse, parent or child.
Other reasons to disqualify a notarization:
The notary knows or suspects the transaction being notarized is false, illegal or deceptive.
The notarization requested is not an authorized notarial act by the California Secretary of State.
If the signer is unwilling or unable to pay, the notary may refuse the notarization.
A notary may refuse if the signers request is outside normal business hours or if the time requested conflicts with other appointments or commitments.
A notary may also refuse if the request violates company policy or guidelines.
A California notary public may not refuse to notarize a document due to personal bias against the signer(s) or because the nature of the document is controversial to the notary, such as same sex unions, assisted suicide, abortion, etc. A notary may not refuse to perform a lawful notarization due to a conflict in personal beliefs. For fast and easy 24/7 San Diego mobile notary service, request online or call 619 731-0878.