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I have been a Licensing Specialist with a company for two weeks and a couple of days ago I was told to notarize some paperwork that came in from another state. I explained that I did not feel comfortable notarizing documents that I did not witness the person signing. I was emailed repeatedly by my boss wanting to know why I wouldn't notarize the docs and how upset the customer was going to be. After a day of arguing back and forth, I packed my desk and wrote the owner of the company telling him I would not perform unethical acts and this was not how I functioned. I printed all the emails between my supervisor and I and put them in an inner office envelope to the owner before I left. Did I do the right thing? Should I do anything else?  
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Asking you to notarize paperwork from another state that you did not witness the person signing was not just unethical, but illegal. As a notary public, you are bound by law to execute instruments per your state statutes. There may be slight differences in the laws and requirements of notaries in each state, but I do believe that one of the requirements in all states is that “a notary public may not notarize a signature on a document if the person whose signature is being notarized is not in the presence of the notary public at the time the signature is notarized” (Florida State Statute 117.107). Committing this act is unethical, yes, and is illegal, too! It will compromise your notary public commission AND is punishable by law. In Florida, it is a third degree felony to notarize a document that has already been signed (person who signs is not present for the signature).

You absolutely did do the right thing! You can report your employer to your state department of labor for asking you to break the law and using your job as leverage in order to receive your compliance (the repeated emails).
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You did the thing that you felt you must. Others may have made a different decision, but if you aren't supposed to, and didn't, then you can feel assured that you did the right thing. I suppose this is why Judge Judy doesn't accept notarized statements. God I love Judge Judy ;)
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I think you did the ethical thing in telling your boss you are not comfortable notarizing the documents. I do however, think instead of sending the emails to the owner you should have taken them directly to him/her and explained the situation. This way if he/she had any questions or concerns they could have talked to you directly. Did you explain what ramifications could happen to YOU directly by notarizing documents that you did not see personally signed? I would imagine if there were concerns if would have come back on you since it was your notary stamp.
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