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Hotline Tip: Is The Signer's Presence Necessary For Me To Complete The Notarization?

If I have already recorded the signer’s signature, thumbprint, identification, and document information in my journal, am I required to affix the Notary seal or stamp in the signer’s presence, or can I complete this part of the notarization later? – M.E., Boulder, CO

All parts of the notarization process should always take place in the presence of your signer, including completing the notarial certificate and affixing your official Notary seal impression.

Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call (888) 876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST

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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.)

Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions.

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