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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


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?


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.


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.

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