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August 27, 2016

Can a Virginia Notary notarize in DC or Maryland?

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A Notary can only notarize in their state of commission except under some very unusual circumstances. So, a Virginia Notary Public can notarize in any county of Virginia. However, they cannot notarize outside of state boundaries using their Virginia Notary Seal.

But, it is common for a Virginia Notary to get dual or triple commissioned. A Virginia Notary may apply for a Maryland Notary Commission or a District of Columbia Notary Commission. 123notary has many Notaries on board our Notary directory who are dual or triple commissioned in the DC area. A DC Notary may also apply for a Maryland or Virginia Notary Commission.

DC is a very small territory for a mobile Notary to cover. On the other hand, there are so few Notaries in our nation’s capitol that out of state Notaries are necessary to handle the volume of work.

In the worst case scenario, if you need a Virginia Notary to help you while you are in DC, you can meet them right at the Virginia side of the border and then they can notarize for you. Just make sure your identification is current!

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December 20, 2013

Hospital Signings

“Many notaries say they do not do hospital signings because they are depressing,” admits a Virginia notary. “However, these notarizations do provide an opportunity to give hope to people who may not be around much longer, and allow the notaries to see a side of life that makes them grateful for whatever they have.” “It’s always worth doing something for someone in pain,” adds one Tennessee notary who did the following notarization.

“It was for a diabetic who had had some kind of complications. She asked me to come to the hospital. She was on a gurney, but she needed cash out from her home, a refinance, and she was desperate,” recalls this accommodating Tennessee notary. “Every time her blood sugar dipped, we had to stop.” It is hard to imagine that nurses and doctors would allow a signing to take place under such conditions… but, I guess when people need money, they allow for all sorts of things. The woman got her money out of her home so she could pay her medical bills. “I wonder if she got to do anything else with some of that refinance money,” our Tennessee notary asks. “She was a fun person, but I guess all that sugar caught up with her. I try to avoid hospital signings, but will do them if people can’t find anyone else,” she says.

One Maryland notary signed a veterinarian at an animal hospital. The refinance took place right on the operating table after the young doctor had finished operating on a cocker spaniel who had a cyst. Operations on dogs cost anywhere from $1000 on up, so this knowledgeable young vet was able to purchase a new home in an area of Maryland from which lots of dog lovers commute to D.C. This particular dog belonged to a retired army colonel, and was his pride and joy. “It was the only ‘hospital signing’ where I wasn’t working for the patient,” our Maryland notary recalls.

A more dismal hospital visit was made by a mature male Virginia notary who was shaken by what he saw. “It was in the middle of a hurricane, well, during one part of a hurricane. Getting there was awful. But I was asked to go notarize a will. Well, this guy was in the hospital bed…and I realized he had been amputated from the navel down. But it gets worse,” says our Virginia notary. It seems they “had amputated one leg–but it was the wrong leg…so they ended up amputating both legs.” The notary pauses as if he is sighing. He asks me not to include the name of the hospital, and adds,”You have trouble sleeping after seeing something like this. This man didn’t know how long he would live, and he had pretty much lost his faith in doctors, the military, and everyone else but me. This put a lot of weight on me, and I tried to be as kind as possible and not show how truly upset I was. That man never recovered, but I have never recovered from seeing him and hearing his story,” says our Virginia notary.

A slightly more upbeat hospital signing was for a ‘cash out,’ a refinance, and the notary was asked to come to the hospital. “I ended up signing this woman on the commode,” says our undaunted Maryland notary. “Sometimes,” she points out, “you just have to go the extra mile… even if it just means sitting still.”

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October 31, 2012

Over my dead body! A signing that was one person’s last!

“When I was just starting out as a Maryland notary, life seemed to dole out challenges I have never seen since. For example, there were houses with cockroaches–big ones, ” recalls our Maryland Notary Public. “At one home, I encountered a blind man; I had not been told the man was blind, and I had to read every single word of the documents to him, and make sure he understood it all. Suddenly, I felt something crawling up my back. ‘Oh, don’t worry about those,’ the old man’s son said. ‘Those are just the cockroaches. We had a hurricane, and they all came out…’ For the hours it took to go over the documents, there were roaches everywhere. I was totally uncomfortable and near tears at several times during the signing. I was extremely relieved when it was time to go home!” recalls our Maryland Notary Public.” “I called my husband and wailed, “Have my robe ready!” I stripped down in the garage and got into the shower as soon as I was in the house. The car had to be cleaned because apparently some of our little friends came home with me. In general, I felt disgusting and the whole experience was bizarre.”

Another time, our ever-ready Maryland Notary Public arrived at a home where the handyman had died; there was a dead body lying there! “The signing company knew about it and did not tell me,” she recalls. “It was a closing for a man in his 50’s, a very nice house. When I got there and called them, the company offered me an additional $25 and I did the closing!” our successful Maryland notary says. “The coroner came and took the body…all while we were doing the documents…”

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Borrowers with guns
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December 6, 2011

Can I be a Maryland notary if I live in DC?

Can I be a Maryland Notary if I live in DC?

Notary Public DC
It is very common for Maryland residents to have a Washington DC Notary Public commission and be a Notary Public in DC. It is also common for Washington DC residents to become a Maryland notary publicVirginia notaries also commonly get dual commissioned in Washington DC.  Just contact the state notary division that you want to apply to and ask them what their conditions are for applying for a notary public commission.  It’s common for a state to require you to be working or doing some type of business in their state.  However, offering a mobile notary service to their state / territory / district is a type of business, so you should be acceptable.
 
Notary Public Maryland
Here is the contact information for the Maryland notary public division
http://www.sos.state.md.us/Notary/Notary.aspx

 
Notary Public Virginia
Here is the contact information for the Virginia notary public division.
http://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/Notary/notary.cfm?
 
Find a mobile notary in DC! 
Just visit the advanced search page on www.123notary.com and you will have many notaries to choose from!

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