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How Do I Notarize For A Signature By Mark?

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As a Pennsylvania Notary, how do I complete a notarization for a signature by mark?D.L. PA

Although Pennsylvania statute does not specifically address notarizing for a signer who needs to use a signature by mark, generally accepted practice permits a person who cannot sign their name to affix a mark — an X for example — as a signature, as long as there are two witnesses to the making of the mark.

Both witnesses should sign the document and the Notary’s journal. One witness should print legibly the marker’s name beside the mark on the document, and also in the journal.

A properly witnessed mark is considered a valid signature under law, so no special Notary certificate is required.

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