Can a new york state notary refuse to notarize?
A New York State notary can refuse to notarize a document if he or she believes the document is fraudulent or that the signatory has not established his or her identity to the satisfaction of the notary, or if the signatory has not paid the $2 fee. A notary cannot refuse to notarize a document for discriminatory reasons.
A notary can only act within the state which appointed them. Commissioners of deeds are appointed by a certain state to "notarize" signatures in another state or foreign country, for documents to be used in the appointing state. For example, a Florida notary public can only notarize signatures in the State of Florida. If the Governor of Florida appoints a Commissioner of Deeds for Mexico, then that Commissioner of Deeds can notarize signatures in Mexico…
Check with the courthouse. The notary must personally know the person in the photo, and will have to state how long he has known that person in his notarized statement. He can notarize a witness statement by creditable persons in the community who state in writing that they know the person involved and have known that person for the length of time they state.