Do I have to be a citizen of the United States to have a document notarized by eNotaryLog?


Notaries in every state are permitted to perform notarial acts involving foreign citizens. You don’t have to be a citizen of the United States for notarization guidance. eNotaryLog can notarize for all! As a remote online notarization platform, our role is to help serve the public. This includes any member of the general public, including foreign-born individuals, who request a lawful notarization.

Notaries exist in every country. And are, in fact, trusted by foreign visitors to help process paperwork that is often critically important in their lives. Only when an illegal or unauthorized notarial act is requested – as when a signer cannot produce identification that satisfies the notary laws – is a notary justified in refusing to serve a non-native.

The notary doesn’t need to understand the language of the underlying document if not in English. In addition, depending on the laws of the notary’s commissioning state, the notary may use an interpreter as a way of establishing direct communication with the signer. So, there can also be a language barrier, as long as the notary can communicate in some way with the signer to verify intent and mental awareness.

What can eNotaryLog not notarize?

eNotaryLog is not authorized to notarize documents that don’t pertain to a transaction connected with the United States or property that is not within the United States.

We are not authorized to notarize vital records such as birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, or wills. Similarly, eNotaryLog is unable to provide wet ink signatures for apostille purposes. An apostille is a certificate issued by a Secretary of State that authenticates the document for use outside the United States. We can notarize the document, but an apostille must be stamped with a raised seal from the issuing state’s Secretary of State.

An apostille is a legal certification that makes a document from one country valid in another.

eNotaryLog can notarize documents that are in a foreign language.

The notary certificate on the document is the only document that must be in English. The notary certificate contains vital information such as the venue, the body, and the notary’s signature and seal. The venue refers to where the notary takes place. The body includes information about the notarial act. It also includes the signer’s name and the date of notarization. There is always a space for the notary’s signature and seal. However, the notary’s seal authenticates the notarial act.

eNotaryLog can use KBA to verify identities if a U.S. social security number is not available.

A signer can complete the verification process without completing the Social Security Number field with their personal information. However, the verification process requires all signers to pass Knowledge-Based Authentication (KBA). This information pulls from public data sources to generate questions for identity verification.

If a signer doesn’t have information associated with their names, such as an address or a vehicle registration, the system may not be able to verify their identity.

eNotaryLog accepts the following forms of identification for online notarizations:

  • State-issued driver’s license
  • State-issued identification card
  • U.S. passport issued by the U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. military ID
  • State, county, and local government IDs
  • Permanent resident card (green card) issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Foreign passports

eNotaryLog will not turn someone away who needs notarization services.

As long as a signer’s identification can be verified with KBA, eNotaryLog will do what it can to fulfill the notarization.

Our system uses credential analysis software to ensure the validity of someone and the document(s) needing notarization. It is a quick process. Although, it can take five minutes to check the information, security, and other identifying features to ensure the validity of the identification provided before beginning the notarization process.

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