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May I Accept Credible Identifying Witnesses I Don’t Know?

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May a 91-year-old woman use two credible witnesses I don’t know personally to identify her when she signs a Durable Power of Attorney in favor of her son?K.M. Florida

A Florida Notary may rely upon the sworn written statement of one or two credible identifying witness(es) when identifying a signer, irrespective of the signer’s age. The two witnesses must present acceptable identification to the Notary.

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Teressa Burrell

16 Jul 2016

The statement above does not answer the question. It should have stated "A Florida notary may rely upon the sworn written statement of one credible identifying witness if the witness is known by the notary. Two credible witnesses are required if the witnesses are not known by the notary." So the answer is yes, the proposed scenario is allowed as long as both witnesses are able to present valid ID to the notary.

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