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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).


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:

Rose Edwards

18 Apr 2019

I live in Texas my cousin notarize my mom Will and was a witness. Is this legal? Nor did my mom sign her name on the book nor her driver license.

National Notary Association

22 Apr 2019

Hello.Those are legal questions that would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.


01 Jul 2019

sign as a witness on a deed of trust in CA being the notary as well?

National Notary Association

03 Jul 2019

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.

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