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Can I Accept Video Instructions For A Notarization?

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I am a New York Notary. A friend’s husband has recorded a video saying his wife needs a second notarization for a document she previously signed and for which I notarized. Now they are making changes to the original document. Can I notarize her signature again based on video instructions from her husband? J.S., Staten Island, NY

No, you may not perform a second notarization based on video instructions. Your friend’s wife must appear before you in New York with the corrected document. Because changes were made to the original document, an entirely new notarization is required which must occur in your presence or that of another Notary.

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Linda Hubbell

07 May 2015

This is very misleading. Why can't you accept video instructions? That would be no different than written email instructions or instructions given over the phone. What you CAN'T do, unless you're an e-notary in Virginia, is notarizations via webcam or video. The signer must appear before you.

Khalid Rana

04 Oct 2015

Any change in original documents make documents new ones and need confirmation by singer therefore vedio instructions are not acceptable. If the document is notarized by second Notary with out presence of singer, the singer may not agree to the chages. So it is the responsibility of a notary to verify signatures in his presence.

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