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Notary public (Virginia)

A notary public in Virginia is authorized to acknowledge signatures, administer oaths, and certify copies. A notary may authenticate a person based upon that person's documentation of their identity, by the notary's own personal knowledge of the person appearing before them, or through credible independent witnesses. A notary may not authenticate their own signature or that of their spouse, nor may a notary authenticate any document to which they or their spouse are a party. An example given is that a notary could authenticate a will, even if they are an executor, but could not do so if they are a beneficiary of that will.


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