What can a notary NOT do?
A notary is not an attorney, and as such cannot provide any form of legal advice!
*A notary cannot notarize official records, such birth, marriage, passports, or transcripts. However, a notary CAN notarize your sworn statement that your document is a true, unaltered photocopy. This type of notarization is almost always accepted by agencies.
*A notary cannot "stamp" a document unless it includes the official California acknowledgment or jurat wording.
If this wording is missing, the notary will attach, sign, and stamp a separate certificate.
*A notary cannot provide any forms or letters other than their own acknowledgments and jurats.
*In California, a notary may not work through an interpreter. While complete fluency in the signer's language is not necessary, the notary must be able to communicate directly with the signer.