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Can I Notarize A Handwritten Document?

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Can I notarize a probate document that has handwritten paragraphs included?S. F., Georgia

Yes, you may notarize a signature on a document that includes handwritten paragraphs. A document can be typed or handwritten. If the notarial certificate under the signature is not included, be sure to attach a loose certificate chosen by your customer. Georgia Notaries are authorized to perform acknowledgments, jurats, and witness or attest signatures.  (OCGA 45-17-8). 

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Susana Echeveste

06 Jun 2016

Thanks for all the info!

Dorothy M. Sloan

07 Jun 2016

I actually have a question: I recently changed my name to reflect my new married name. Do I have to up-date my notary stamp as well. I just got it too! Please respond. Thank you.

National Notary Association

07 Jun 2016

Hi Dorothy. To help us answer your question can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

David Younce

13 Jan 2018

What if the entire* document is handwritten?

National Notary Association

16 Jan 2018

Yes, but the document would have to meet all requirements for notarization under your state law.

tejuan moye

14 Jan 2018

I have a letter sign & dated by my baby mother for custody of my son can I have this notarized to use in court.

National Notary Association

16 Jan 2018

Hello. This is a legal question and would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

tejuan moye

25 Jan 2018

I have a letter sign & dated by my baby mother for custody of my son can I have this notarized to use in court.

National Notary Association

30 Jan 2018

Hello. We're sorry, but that is a legal question that would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

Elizabeth Garcia

15 Jun 2018

when you notarize a written document and have to add the certificate. In FL, do you need to add your phone number? I thought it is just the stamp, my name signed and printed and the date.

National Notary Association

18 Jun 2018

Hello. Florida Statutes 117.05[4] states that a jurat or acknowledgment certificate must include the following information: 1. The venue stating the location of the notarization in the format “State of Florida, County of ________”; 2. The type of notarial act performed, whether an oath or acknowledgment, as evidenced by the word “sworn” or “acknowledged”; 3. A statement that the signer personally appeared before the Notary at the time of notarization; 4. The true date of the notarial act; 5. The name of the person whose signature is being notarized (“It is presumed, absent such specific notation by the notary public, that notarization is to all signatures.”); 6. The specific type of identification the Notary is relying on in identifying the signer, either based on personal knowledge or satisfactory evidence; 7. The Notary’s official signature; 8. The Notary’s name – typed, printed or stamped below the signature; 9. The Notary’s official seal affixed below or to either side of the Notary’s signature. We were unable to find any requirement in the statute to enter the Notary's phone number in the certificate wording.

Leslie

20 Jun 2018

Can I get a typed letter notarized?

National Notary Association

20 Jun 2018

Hello. There is nothing preventing you from asking for a letter to be notarized. However, you must select the type of notarization you want-the Notary cannot choose for you. If you are unsure what type of notarization you need, you should contact the organization you are sending the letter to for instructions. If you have any legal questions about your document, please contact a qualified attorney for assistance, as Notaries cannot provide legal advice.

Tonia McIntosh

19 Oct 2018

I am trying to notarize an hand written letter in Charlotte NC and they are telling me I need an affidavit. Why is that?

National Notary Association

22 Oct 2018

Hello. As long as the notarization being requested is lawful to perform in your state and meets all the requirements of your state's laws, you may perform it. As ministerial officers, it is not part of a Notary's duty to determine the reasons why a signer has requested a specific type of notarization for their document.

Savenia Hadley

15 Feb 2019

Can I give permission to have my aunt sign my signature for the sale of a property. Cause I don't live in Tacoma. Can that be notarize . Just wondering

National Notary Association

20 Feb 2019

Hello. We're sorry but that is a legal question that needs to be answered by a qualified attorney.

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