Do Notaries ever have to keep notarial certificates?

Do Notaries ever have to keep notarial certificates?

Do we keep the Notary certificates we complete, or are they given to the signer?A. B, Virginia

The notarial certificate you complete is attached to the document and then returned to the signer. The notarized document cannot be used to effect its purpose without being given back to the signer. In no case should a Notary retain a notarial certificate the Notary has completed. 

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