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August 27, 2016

Can a Virginia Notary notarize in DC or Maryland?

Filed under: Virginia Notary — Tags: , , — admin @ 9:03 pm

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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  1. A Virginia notary can notarize anywhere in the world as long as it is being recorded in Virginia.

    Comment by Jeff — September 2, 2016 @ 1:40 pm

  2. A Virginia Notary can ELECTRONICALLY notarize anywhere in the world from within Virginia, but I doubt they can fly to Florida and notarize a document in my county and then expect it to be recorded in Virginia.

    Comment by John Axt — November 14, 2016 @ 2:07 pm

  3. Can a Virginia notary swear in a witness at a deposition if they are both in D.C. or Maryland?

    Comment by Michelle — February 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

  4. A Virginia Notary Public can notarize ANYWHERE if the document will be recorded or used in Virginia or a US Gov Office. That is why we are “Notaries at Large”. The boundaries expand when we get electronic commissions – According to the VA Notary Handbook (01/21/13, V1) “Virginia electronic notaries also have limited extraterritorial powers. An electronic notary public may perform any authorized notarial act outside of the Commonwealth for any writing intended to be used in the Commonwealth of Virginia or by the United States government. Please note the remote notarial act is not extra-territorial because it is deemed to have been performed within the Commonwealth of Virginia at the place where the electronic notary is located.”

    Comment by Juanita Marie Little-Lyons — February 24, 2019 @ 1:38 pm

  5. Jeremy, in the interest of giving accurate information to new Notaries who may read this – please update the statement that says VA Notaries cannot notarize outside of VA. We can, and do, and it is accepted if it is for a Virginia office, or a US Gov office. I have done so, and it does not get kicked back. If I were in FL and someone needed a TRADITIONAL notarization for a VA real estate transaction or an ICE form, I could notarize it.

    Comment by Juanita Marie Little-Lyons — February 24, 2019 @ 1:46 pm

  6. As an update, the newest VA Notary Handbook is Dec of 2017 – and it has the same verbiage in it.

    Comment by Juanita Marie Little-Lyons — February 24, 2019 @ 3:32 pm

  7. An eNotary can notarize outside of the state, but a traditional VA notary cannot as far as I know. Please do not confuse the two. (Vanna can I buy a vowel?)

    Comment by admin — March 20, 2019 @ 10:28 am

  8. What should be the wording for a notorial act outside the state of Virginia, but the instrument will be used in the state of Virginia. Do i still use the county and state where the document is signed?

    Comment by Denni — May 6, 2022 @ 11:40 pm

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