How Do I Notarize a Wedding Certificate?

By David Montoya - Updated June 05, 2017
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The process of notarizing protects the signers of documents against potential fraud. Furthermore, it establishes that all parties to a document did in fact sign the document and understood the contents at the time of signing. While some documents may require notarizing as a matter of law in your state, many important documents do not. Still, it's in your best interest to have your marriage license notarized to eliminate all doubt and ambiguities surrounding the signing.

Verify the steps for notarization with the notary public before going in person. Either call your local notary public or visit your notary's official website. The same basic guidelines exist in all 50 states, but some minor deviations with the process are likely. This verification process ensures you have all necessary documentation, copies and other information to receive notarization when you arrive.

Go to your local notary public to sign your marriage certificate. Bring a copy of the marriage certificate and valid IDs to verify who you are. Hand these documents over for verification.

Sign the marriage certificate in front of the notary after you and your spouse receive verification of your identities. Do not sign the certificate beforehand. The signing must occur in front of the notary.

Take the oath the notary gives you. This oath states that you understand the contents of the writing and verify the truthfulness of the contents. Then the notary stamps the signed marriage license as a true and official copy. This makes the license self-authenticating in court, meaning a third party witness has already verified the legal validity of the document.

Pay for the notarization services if there is an applicable fee in your area. This fee varies from state to state and is regulated by state law.

About the Author

David Montoya is an attorney who graduated from the UCLA School of Law. He also holds a Master of Arts in American Indian studies. Montoya's writings often cover legal topics such as contract law, estate law, family law and business.

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