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Am I allowed to ask for a signer's thumbprint for my Notary journal?

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I’ve been brushing up on Notary skills using “The Complete How-To Guide for Notaries” and it mentioned that I need to refer to the Notary Handbook to see if my state allows thumbprints in the Notary journal entry. I can’t find any reference in the Colorado Notary Handbook as to whether this is allowed or not. Can you please advise on this? — T.B. , Colorado

Colorado does not require, nor prohibit a thumbprint being added to the Notary journal.

California is the only state that requires a signer’s thumbprint for journal entries, and only when the notarized document is a power of attorney, deed, quitclaim deed, deed of trust or other document affecting real property.

In any state where thumbprints are not mandatory for journal entries, Notaries should respect a signer’s privacy if a signer chooses not to provide a thumbprint for the journal. For more information and guidance, please see our article “Notary Tip: Thumbprints and privacy issues.”

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