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Hotline Tip: Thumbprinting Coworkers For Notarization

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesAs a California Notary, I’m often called upon to notarize general “Release of Lien” documents. Although they are not “specific property” judgment liens, we sometimes send these documents to title companies as part of real estate transactions. As it is my co-workers’ signatures that I am notarizing, am I still required to get a thumbprint? - D.H., Solano County, CA

Yes, you should record your co-workers thumbprint in your journal. California law now requires that any document affecting real property must include the signer(s) thumbprint. If you are not sure if a specific document affects real property or not, it is recommended to obtain the thumbprint to cover yourself from any potential liability.

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.

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