Notary Bulletin

Hotline Tip: Can I Backdate A Mortgage Document?

I recently notarized a mortgage signing in which one of the documents sent to the lender was misplaced. The signing agency has asked me to contact the signers, re-execute the document and notarize it for a past date, or, in other words, post-date the notarization. Can I do this? – P.D., Denver, Colorado

Since you are performing a new notarization, you can only input the date that you are actually notarizing the new document, not a date that came before. You should never back-date or post-date a notarial certificate; doing so is a deceptive practice and is not allowed in any state.

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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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