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May I Notarize The Signatures Of Children?

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My attorney wants me to notarize the signatures of a client as well as his five children. I have never heard of notarizing a child’s signature.  Can this be done and if so how?M.M., California

Yes, under certain circumstances you may notarize the signature of a minor. California does not directly address notarizing for minors. To notarize for an individual of any age, including minors, they must be properly identified. The minor should understand what they are signing, and be able to sign the document.

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Michelle

10 Jan 2017

A few months ago, a couple that were not from this country, had come in with their infant child and were going to travel back to their native land but needed to have documentation of their child notarized. In all the years that I've been a notary for my employer, I had not come across a situation such as this. I had an idea of what I should do, but to be certain, I called the NNA hotline, who reassured me that what I thought I needed to do was indeed correct. Thank you, NNA hotline!

Susanne Pellicano

11 Jan 2017

I was wondering what type of identification you can use for a minor when notarizing their signature at the request of a parent? Especially one that is not old enough to have a drivers license.

National Notary Association

11 Jan 2017

Hi Susanne. A minor would still need to present proof of identity as listed in your state's laws. Depending on what state you are commissioned in, for example, a minor without a driver's license might use a passport or other form of identification acceptable under state law. If a minor doesn't have an appropriate identification document, the minor might need to be identified by one or more credible identifying witnesses.

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