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Notary Bulletin

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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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.


06 Aug 2020

Can credible witnesses be used to confirm a minor’s identity for notary purposes in the state of California?

National Notary Association

07 Aug 2020

Hello. Yes, provided the credible witnesses meet all requirements of California Notary law.


17 Aug 2020

Can my mother notarize a document for me if i am over the age of 18?

National Notary Association

17 Aug 2020

Hello. To help us answer your question, can you please tell us what state you are located in?


02 Dec 2020

Hello, I am commissioned in Texas and I had someone ask me if I can notarize a document to request a death certificate in California. They would be asking on behalf of the child ( son to the deceased) can I do this?

National Notary Association

04 Dec 2020

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.

Margarita Alfaro

15 Jun 2021

Commissioner in California. I need to notarize for a father who granted permission for child to leave on vacation out of California without Notarized letter. Now children can’t return back home because they must have a notarized letter from father. The Father’s is undocumented not legally in the state of California and his matricula consular is expired. What other documents would be good enough to accept and Notarize?

National Notary Association

17 Jun 2021

Hello. Please see this article for information on types of acceptable signer ID in California:

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