When can I refuse a notarization?

December 8th, 2017

Many notaries feel they can refuse service based solely on the content of the document; but that is not true.

Our recommendation is to not refuse service unless the signer:

  • is unable to produce proper ID
  • is not signing the document voluntarily
  • refuses to sign the notary’s journal
  • is not willing to swear under oath on penalty of perjury that they understand the contents of the document they are signing
  • is asking you to copy certify a public document
DISCLAIMER: This document is not a substitute for Utah State Code, and it is not intended to be comprehensive or an authoritative statement of law. For further legal information, please consult Utah State Code or other appropriate legal resources.


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