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Can I Notarize A Signature Made 5 Months Ago?

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Can a Notary in California notarize a signature that was made 5 months ago?R.C., California

Yes and no. It depends on what type of notarization the signer is requesting. If it is an acknowledgment, you could notarize the signature that was signed five months ago. In this case, the signer simply would acknowledge to you that they signed the document willingly and knowingly. However, if it was a jurat, then the document must be signed again in your presence, and the new signature must be dated for the date you completed the jurat.

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