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Hotline Tip: Two Signatures On The Same Document

New Hotline Resized 3If two signatures appear on one document to be notarized, do I have to create a separate jurat (or acknowledgment) for each one?K.H., Cypress, CA

If both signers appear before you, you can put both of their names on one jurat or acknowledgment certificate; for example, John Doe and Jane Doe. If they appear before you separately, however, you would need to notarize their signatures separately, on separate certificates.

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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Yukita Manuel

09 Aug 2014

I can't wait to join yall have so.much information and great questions and answers

debby

05 Jan 2017

If a document I have needs to be notarized, does the other person need to be present? they are asking the document to be notarized.

National Notary Association

09 Jan 2017

Hello. In order for us to answer your question, can you please share a few more details about the notarization? For example, what state you are located in, what type of notarial act is being requested and is the other person a signer of the document as well as yourself?

TB

07 Jan 2018

Greetings, Could you confirm that this is valid for Virginia? Thank You.

National Notary Association

08 Jan 2018

Hello. We're sorry but in order to answer this question we would need more information about the notarization taking place. If you need an answer urgently, please contact our Hotline team for assistance at (888) 876-0827.

Debi

23 Dec 2018

On one document that has two people that need a notorized signature, does there need to be one stamp or two put on the doc by the notary?

National Notary Association

28 Dec 2018

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.

daniel@brewernotary.com

24 Nov 2020

In the case where they appear together and get a single notary stamp for both signatures, Am I supposed to charge for one or two notarial acts?

National Notary Association

04 Dec 2020

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.

Sol delorito

17 Jan 2021

I have a schedule to notarized a special power of attorney and general power of attorney and they have 6 siblings and spouses signed the docs do I have to notarized (acknowledgment) them separately such as husband and wife on one acknowledgement and attached on the document copy?

National Notary Association

21 Jan 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.

Ptrout

06 Mar 2021

Arizona: 2 signers appear together and both sign the same document in the presence of the notary. One notarial acknowledgement is completed with one stamp and the notary signs once (listing both signers names on the acknowledgment). Am I supposed to charge for one or two ($10 or $20)? Az handbook says “per signature”, who’s signature, mine or theirs? Thank you.

National Notary Association

10 Mar 2021

Hello. Arizona fees are charged per notarial act performed. "Upon reviewing the fees schedule under subsection (E)(1) through (3), a notary shall select a standard fee, from "no charge" up to the maximum $10 fee for a notarial act." (AAC R2-12-1102)

Monique

28 May 2021

State - NJ Scenario - 1 document, 2 signers are present and sign both signature lines of the same document. Is this considered 1 notarial act or 2 notarial acts?

National Notary Association

02 Jun 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.

Gina

07 Aug 2021

What will happen if I haven’t been putting “and” in between both names on certificates? Just been writing it out like this John Doe, Jane Doe. I am in CA.

National Notary Association

12 Aug 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.

gingerqsmith.notary@gmail.com

30 Sep 2021

Texas: 2 signers appear together and both sign the same document in the presence of the notary. One notarial acknowledgement is completed with one stamp and the notary signs once (listing both signers names on the acknowledgment). Am I supposed to charge for one or two ($6 or $12)? TX handbook says “per signature”, who’s signature, mine or theirs? Similar scenario - 2 signers appear together and both sign the same document in the presence of the notary. One Jurat is completed with one stamp and the notary signs once (listing both signers names on the acknowledgment). Am I supposed to charge for one or two ($6 or $12)? TX handbook says “per signature”, who’s signature, mine or theirs?

National Notary Association

06 Oct 2021

Hello. You would only charge a fee for notarizing customer signatures. Texas Notaries are not allowed to charge fees for writing their own signatures on the notarial certificate.

Ashley

28 Dec 2021

I'm in CA, a signer brought in a page with 2 signatures needed. Both of them were hers and she wanted both signatures notarized, am I supposed to do 2 separate acknowledgements and 2 separate journal entries? Or would 1 acknowledgement suffice for both of her signatures?

National Notary Association

30 Dec 2021

Hello. These would be two separate acknowledgments, and each acknowledgment would require a separate journal entry.

Juan Vargas

21 Feb 2022

CA notary here. Document “waiver of rights to confidentiality for siblings” AD904A reads “notary public must staple the acknowledgement document to this form and sign and date below” this requires two signatures by notary one on the sealed acknowledgement cert. one on the actual document. Does this count as one notarial act? One $15 fee and one journal entry?

National Notary Association

28 Feb 2022

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.

Tom Freeman

04 Mar 2022

If two people sign on one form can the notary charge $20 for both signatures or is it just one fee of $10 because it’s one form being notarized?

National Notary Association

08 Mar 2022

Hello. To help us answer your question, can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

Camille M Lorz

09 May 2022

I am so grateful for your service. Just reading the comments suggests there is a lot of nuance to this work and I look forward to gaining experience to solidify my understanding as I grow.

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