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What If The Signer Only Brings The Last Page Of A Document?

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If a signer brings only the 9th page of a nine-page document that needs to be notarized, should I complete the notarization, or refuse it? J. H. California

If the document requires an acknowledgment or proof of execution, you should refuse the notarization. All pages in a document must be present or else it is an incomplete document. The law specifically requires documents requiring acknowledgments or proofs be complete. The signer would need to bring in all the pages of the document for you to notarize it. While the rule about incomplete documents doesn’t apply specifically to documents requiring a jurat, the NNA recommends that you refuse to notarize an incomplete document with a jurat certificate as well.

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26 Apr 2016


Rebecca Pierre

07 May 2016

I have been a notary for over 3 years trough NNA, i have not done any signing. I pay my membership every year, place orders for waste. I do not recommend anyone to do this non sense extra money making.


08 Jun 2016

Could you please give a definition and examples of an acknowledgement and proof of execution?

National Notary Association

14 Jun 2016

Hi Barbara. Here's a link to an article with information on acknowledgments: And here's one on proofs of execution:

Barbara Conquest

08 Jun 2016

Rebecca, apparently you have not done your homework. You are a notary, have you taken any of the certification courses out there for signing agents? Apparently not. There are a bounty of opportunities for those who are willing to go the extra road. don't comment on something being non-sense when you don't do your part in learning something.

Carolyn russell

09 Jun 2016

Work doesn't come to you You go to the work I've been a member for 18 years and love this job!!

Nanci Harrington

14 Jun 2016

I agree with Carolyn, I LOVE THISJOB! I travel Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota doing all sorts of Loan Signings, I get to meet new people and I'm an amateur photographer so I love taken pics of the places I see. I started about 4 years ago and it's great! I also take on jobs with OnSource and SandCastle as long as I have a closing near the area, it's a way to get a little more income. Barbara you are missing out.

Nanci Harrington

14 Jun 2016

Sorry, I meant Rebecca is missing out.

Kunjumon Chacko

22 Feb 2022

What will do if the Notary Public refuse to sign the last page of document where Notary Public is requested to sign. Instead Notary public attach a separate page of their own and staple with original documents. If someone remove the staple pin, no one can understand which document is attested.

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.

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