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Are Notaries Required To Record Signers’ Thumbprints?

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Are we required to record the thumbprint in our Notary journal? G.B., Florida

No. Florida does not require you to record thumbprints. Because thumbprints aren’t required, you can’t refuse to notarize for a signer who declines to leave one.

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Stacy L Lloyd

02 Jun 2017

My question is - I was notarized in Venango County of PA. My employer has moved me to Clarion County of PA. What is anything so I need to do to keep my notary privileges? Please reply at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

National Notary Association

02 Jun 2017

Hello. A PA Notary who changes an office address must provide written or electronic notice to both the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the recorder of deeds in the county of original appointment within five days of the change (57 PS 153). If the move is to another Pennsylvania county, the Notary must register with the prothonotary of the new county within 30 days (57 PS 155).

Alison Smoldt

13 Jul 2017

Affidavit of Completion request affirm two signatures statement. No place for notary stamp, signature line or date. Do I place my stamp and signature where I find an open space? Is there a proper form for this?

National Notary Association

24 Jul 2017

Hello. If there is no room to affix your seal or signature on the main document, you would need to complete the appropriate notarial wording with your signature and seal on a separate sheet then affix it to the document.

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