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May I Serve As A Witness And A Notary For The Same Document?

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Can I be a witness on a document I am notarizing?H.H., Texas

The State of Texas does not prohibit you from acting as a witness and the Notary on the same document. However, if the witness signature needs to be notarized you must excuse yourself from being a witness.

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Leslie Manley

16 Oct 2017

For a Corporate Certification can I be notary and witness for a document in the state of Arizona,.

National Notary Association

17 Oct 2017

Hello. In Arizona, a Notary cannot perform a notarization on a document if the Notary is an officer of any named party, if the Notary is a party to the document or if the Notary will receive any direct material benefit from the transaction that is evidenced by the notarized document that exceeds in value the maximum statutory notarization fee (ARS 41-328[C]). However, stockholders, directors, officers or employees of a corporation may notarize a document affecting the corporation, unless the Notary is, individually or as a corporate representative, a party to the document (ARS 41-320). Officers, directors and members of cooperatives may take acknowledgment of documents involving the cooperative (ARS 10-2082).

SueAnn

01 Aug 2018

Can I be a witness and a notary for a document in the state of Texas? I am not notarizing the witness signature just the document

National Notary Association

02 Aug 2018

Hello. Texas Notary law does not provide specific guidelines whether a Notary may also serve as a document witness. In such cases, the safest course is to turn down requests to both notarize the signature and act as a document witness. For more information, please see this article: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2018/05/notary-tip-requests-to-serve-as-a-document-witness

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