As a general rule, a Notary can notarize in any county of their state of commission. A few states have some bizarre exceptions to this rule for Deeds of properties that are in the Notary’s home state. Louisiana also has a weird rule that you can only notarize in Parishes that you are commissioned in or ones with reciprocal agreements unless you have statewide jurisdiction. What does it have to be so complicated? And why can’t they have counties like normal states?
A Washington State Notary Public may Notarize in any part of the state of Washington. However, it is allowed for a Washington Notary Public to get dual commissioned as an Oregon Notary Public or an Idaho Notary Public which is very practical if you live near a state border. Notaries in Vancouver, WA often get dual commission in Oregon so that they can service a larger area. Additionally, Notaries in Spokane, WA often become dual commissioned in Idaho as an Idaho Notary Public as well.
If you are in a pinch, and someone out of state needs your Notary services, you can meet them right at your state’s border (on your side of the border) and Notarize them there. It rarely matters what state a person is notarized in, but you could lose your commission if caught notarizing outside of your state’s borders!
Dilemmas of a Washington Notary
We have many notaries on board 123notary.com including over one hundred Washington Notary listings. We have notaries all over the state of Washington in every part of the state. But, Washington is an unusual state. First of all it is a coastal state with many inlets and islands. Part of Washington is only accessible by land to Canada, and not to the states! Fortunately, there is such a thing as an express pass, so that Washington state residents can pass quickly in and out of Canada.
One of the Washington notaries on our site lives near a cluster of islands which are part of Island County. She told me that signing companies didn’t pay her enough to get on the ferry to go to the islands to notarize documents. Its very time consuming and expensive to take the ferry.
I am not a Washington notary or Washington resident, but I took the ferry from Vancouver city to Vancouver Island in Canada in 2006 which is very near Washington, and using a similar ferry system. It was fun for me since I was a tourist, but very time consuming. For two hours there was nothing to do except indulge in a massage chair or overly expensive high fat buffet. Transportation is slow out there, so bring a book and allow some time.
Transportation in the mountains is hard for the Washington Notary providers we have on board. Fifty miles as the crow flies can take three hours on the windy mountain roads near the Canadian border. Additionally, near the Idaho and Oregon border, distances are vast, and Washington notaries really need to spend a lot of time getting around there.
Another fun area is the Western coast of Washington. Olympic State Park is a fun tourist destination with some of the rarest rain forests that are not located in the tropics not to mention huckleberry dark chocolate treats sold at gift stores. But, picture what a Washington notary public has to do to get around in those parts. It takes hours just to go from one county to the next, and the population of humans is very sparse although squirrels are plentiful.
In short, we have many notaries in Seattle and the Seattle area where the population is clustered closely. But, in remote areas of Washington State, it can take a notary hours to get around. Travel is hard, but its very scenic. In my experience, the part of the United States that could be confused for Germany would easily be the Western parts of Washington state and parts of Oregon too. The trees and landscapes are very similar (not the language). The foliage transforms abruptly upon reaching the Canadian border for some unknown reason though. Maple trees suddlenly appear in mass! How odd. Is metaphysics to blame for this? I can’t figure this one out!