Notary for Affidavit on behalf of Indian Resident Verifying Identity

I would like to take a moment to inform the public that in no way, shape or form is a Notary Public commissioned in the State of South Carolina allowed to notarize or certify an original, photocopy or otherwise a form of identification or document.  Our duty as notaries public is to verify the identity of the signer.  There have been several calls to our office in regard to notarizing and affixing a stamp or seal to a photocopy of an actual Birth Certificate, photocopies of such and photocopies of transcripts or other official records.  We cannot do this!

On the other hand, what we CAN do as Notaries Public is generate a Loose Acknowledgment form or Jurat in which the record-holder can pen an Affiant Statement and have this statement notarized.  For questions or concerns on this, please call 864.214.6447, however keep in mind we cannot offer legal advice on what TO DO, we can only tell you what we as Notaries Public can and cannot perform.

For the notaries performing these types of document notarizations, I beg of you, to save your licensure, please cease and desist.

So without further ado, we did in fact have an Affiant Statement attesting to a local resident’s relation to a Birth Certificate and Passport from India.  This notarization was performed off of Woodruff Road in Greenville, SC at approximately 11:00am.

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