Documents are required to be notarized in some cases. *This doesn't refer to birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificates. Please look under the header "Documents that do not need to be notarized" below.*
Some examples of those documents are:
- Powers of Attorney (POA)
- School transcripts/ Diplomas
- Virginia issued background checks
- A proper notarization must include the seven (7) items required by Virginia law to be able to be authenticated. Click here for those 7 items.
- Please check your notary’s name here to ensure it matches our records exactly, At this time, our office does not authenticate E-notary’s.
- Documents in different languages are accepted but the notarization must be in English.
Documents that do not need to be notarized
Documents issued by a Virginia Circuit Court, Department of Health- Vital Records (804-662-6200), or the State Corporation Commission (804-371-9967) cannot be notarized. No exceptions. Instead, they are required to be issued within the past 12 months.
Examples of those documents are:
- Vital Records (birth, death, marriage, divorce, single status)
- Marriage records issued by a Virginia Circuit Court (you must ask for a triple seal to be attached to your marriage record. It will be returned if there is no triple seal.)
- Virginia issued circuit court documents (divorce decree, name change, single status)
- Virginia State Corporation Commission issued documents