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Hotline Tip: Two Signatures On The Same Document

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesIf 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

10 Aug 2014

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


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?

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