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Hotline Tip: Do Witness Signatures Require Notarization?

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesWhen notarizing a power of attorney, do the witness signatures also need to be notarized? Also, do I charge only for the signature being notarized, or should I also charge for the witnessing of the witness signatures? - B.B., Hawaiian Gardens, CA

When witnesses appear in front of a Notary, the Notary must ask the witnesses and/or the signers, if the witnesses’ signature(s) need to be notarized or not, as the Notary may never make such a determination. If the appearing parties of the transaction are not certain, they would need to speak to the receiving agency.

The Notary may only charge for the witnesses if they need their signature(s) notarized.


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) 876-0827Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST

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Paula Turner

24 Mar 2021

I previously signed a document on the sale of my parents home after my mom passed away, me and two other sisters who were not adopted by the step father. He needed our signatures to sale the home the notary was not present when signing, is this necessary and why? Concerned...

National Notary Association

24 Mar 2021

Hello. While we cannot answer specific legal questions about your situation, we can tell you that in order for a signature to be notarized on a document, the signer must appear before the Notary (either in person or, in the case of remote online notarization, via audiovisual communication devices) to be identified and establish the signer's willingness and awareness. If you have specific legal questions about your situation, you will need to contact a qualified attorney for legal advice.

Angelina Monetti

04 May 2021

Hello, I have a quitclaim deed signing (for a property in Indiana) in which there are two notarial certificates... one is for the signer of the quitclaim deed and one is for the signature of the witness of the signer. can I use my CA compliant notarial cert for this notarization or am I allowed to use the one provided? Thank you!

National Notary Association

05 May 2021

Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

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