Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: Is The Signer's Presence Necessary For Me To Complete The Notarization? By NNA Staff on February 28, 2012 in Hotline Tips 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 Email Share Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.