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How Do I ... Notarize For A Hearing-Impaired Signer?

Communicating directly with a signer is essential to notarization, as it is the only way to determine your signer’s willingness and awareness. This is also true with hearing or speech impaired signers. In these cases, you can easily bridge the communication gap through written or typed notes.

Once you establish direct communication, you must still positively identify the signer, check for willingness and awareness, complete your journal entry and all the other necessary steps.

Never use a third-party interpreter to relay information. An interpreter might mistranslate the signer’s wishes, and can’t be relied on for a notarization.

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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