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Correcting A Deed Of Trust?

NNA Hotline Tips For Notaries

When a correction is made, specifically on a Deed of Trust, is the correction dated the same date as the original notarization or is the current date used?  The reason I ask is because the date is very important to the funding of a real estate loan. — R.G., California

The “corrected” date must be the date of a new notarization performed on the Deed of Trust. The California Secretary of State has clarified that, when a mistake in a Notary certificate is discovered after the signer and Notary have left each other’s presence, the signer and Notary must meet again, the Notary must perform a brand new notarization and the Notary must complete the Notary certificate with the current date.

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Teresa Wash

09 Jan 2015

I'm glad you gave the right answer, because I would have said the original date that was on the first documents.


19 May 2022

Notary made a mistake forgot to stamp the document can’t go back to correct it because the other person died

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