Portuguese Language Notary Guide

Portuguese language notary guidePortuguese Language Notary Guide

Portuguese language notary guide is a tool to help notarize a document written in the Portuguese language, or for a signer who speaks Portuguese.  If the notary does not speak Portuguese, this helps to bridge the language barrier.  It is similar to a Portuguese phrase book used by a tourist when traveling in a Portuguese speaking country, such as Portugal or Brazil.

In the United States, early Portuguese settlements were based in whaling ports in New Bedford, MA, San Francisco and Hawaii.  About 30 places in the U.S. are named Lisbon.

In Colorado, connect with the Portuguese community, including Brazil, Madeira, and the Azores, at the United Portuguese of Colorado D.E.S. (Divino Espirito Santo) Society website. They have several annual events featuring Portuguese food, music, dancing, language, traditions, faith, festivals and culture. Their annual Crab Cioppino (crab, shrimp, mussels) lunch and dinner is held in February.

In Colorado, the notary may not use a human as a translator or interpreter.  This is because the notary would not know if the translator is being honest.  The notary must communicate directly with the signer.

Google Translate

Google Translate is free software that can translate a Portuguese document.  It is available at https://translate.google.com/ or can be downloaded as a phone application.

You can cut and paste text from a Portuguese language document, upload a document file, or enter a website address for translation.  That may be useful to translate a Portuguese language foreign embassy website.

It helps the notary to use reasonable care to confirm the title and purpose of the document.  The translated document is not notarized, so the translation does not need to be 100% accurate.  The original document in the Portuguese language is notarized.

The notary certificate can be in the Portuguese language, if the notary speaks Portuguese.  If the document is going to a foreign country, and needs an apostille certificate attached by the Colorado Secretary of State (SOS), then the notary certificate must be in English.

If the signer does not speak good English, a Portuguese language notary guide that includes common notary questions and sentences may be a useful tool.  Below are some suggestions.  The notary may include others as needed for the situation, and then use Google Translate to generate a numbered list.  The notary can then point to the line number to select a phrase or question.  The signer could type an answer in Google Translate and then translate it into English.

Portuguese Language Notary Guide

1.  Hello.  My name is [John].  I am a Notary Public.
1.  Olá. Meu nome é [John]. Eu sou um notary public.
2.  I do not speak your language.
2.  Eu não falo a sua lingua.
3.  What is your name?
3.  Qual é o seu nome?
4.  Please print your [name] on this paper.
4.  Por favor, imprima seu [nome] [resposta] neste papel.
5.  May I please see your identification?
5.  Por favor, posso ver sua identificação?
6.  What type of document is this?
6.  Que tipo de documento é esse?
7.  Please print the document title on this paper.
7.  Por favor, imprima o título do documento neste documento.
8.  Have you read this document?
8.  Você leu este documento?
9.  Please fill in this blank space.
9.  Por favor, preencha este espaço em branco.
10.  Do you understand the purpose of this document?
10.  Você entende o propósito deste documento?
11.  Are you signing this document voluntarily?
11.  Você está assinando este documento voluntariamente?
12.  Do you acknowledge that this is your signature?
12.  Você reconhece que esta é sua assinatura?
13.  Do you swear or affirm that these statements are true and correct?
13.  Você jura ou afirma que essas declarações são verdadeiras e corretas?
14.  Please sign your name here.
14.  Por favor, assine seu nome aqui.
15.  My fee is [number] dollars.
15.  Minha taxa é de [número] dólares.
16.  Yes
16.  Sim
17.  No
17.  Não
18.  I do not understand.
18.  Eu não entendi.
19.  I do not know.
19.  Eu não sei.
20.  Please repeat.
20.  Por favor repita.
21.  Please speak slowly.
21.  Por favor fale lentamente.
22.  Thank you.
22.  Obrigado.
23.  Nice to meet you.
23.  Prazer em conhecê-lo.
24.  Here is my business card.
24.  Aqui está o meu cartão de visita.
25.  Have a nice day.
25.  Tenha um bom dia.
26.  Good bye.
26.  Adeus.
27.  Here is the name and phone number of a notary that speaks Portuguese.
27.  Aqui está o nome e número de telefone de um notary que fala português.
28.  I am not a notario publico.
28.  Eu não sou um notario publico.
29.  I am not an attorney.
29.  Eu não sou um advogado.
30.  I do not give legal advice.
30.  Eu não dou conselhos legais.
31.  I am not a civil law notary.
31.  Eu não sou um notário civil.

The notary should write the title and description of the document in the notary journal.  For example, a Power of Attorney in Portuguese is called a procuração.  The number of pages should be shown.  Ask the signer to fill in any blank spaces before notarizing.

It is best to use the date format: July 4, 2018, rather than 7/4/18 (mm-dd-yy).  In many foreign countries, the date is in dd-mm-yy format, so 7/4/18 would be 7 Apr 2018.

Portuguese language notary guide can be a useful tool for a notary to accommodate a Portuguese language speaker.

Disclaimer: This article is not to be considered or used as legal advice.  For legal advice, contact a licensed, competent attorney.

Disclaimer:  CRS 24-21-525(4)
I am not an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado
and I may not give legal advice or accept fees for legal advice.
I am not an immigration consultant, nor am I an expert on immigration matters.
If you suspect fraud, you may contact the Colorado attorney general’s office or the Colorado supreme court.

Eu não sou um advogado licenciado para exercer a advocacia no estado do Colorado
e eu não posso dar conselho legal ou aceitar taxas para aconselhamento jurídico.
Eu não sou um consultor de imigração, nem sou especialista em questões de imigração.
Se você suspeitar de fraude, entre em contato com o escritório do procurador geral do Colorado ou com o supremo tribunal do Colorado.

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