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Hotline Tip: When To Record Thumbprints

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesI am a Notary Public for the State of Nevada. Is it a requirement to obtain a thumbprint from all customers in my official journal when completing each notarization? –P.M., Henderson, NV

Currently, Nevada law does not require signers to affix a thumbprint in a Notary’s journal, but it also does not prohibit the practice. In general, the NNA recommends that Notaries request thumbprints for all notarizations, as it serves as a deterrent to fraud.

NOTE: The practice of recording thumbprints is actually prohibited in some states, so Notaries should consult their state laws before proceeding.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. — The Editors

Kelle Clarke is a Contributing Editor with the National Notary Association.

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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