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Can I Use One Notarial Certificate For Multiple Signers?

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I have a single-page document that requires two different people to sign in two separate places (two people, four signatures). Can I use one acknowledgment form for both people and all four signatures?S. R., California

Perhaps. If one acknowledgment certificate appears on the document at the very end and all signers are present, you may safely conclude the one certificate may be used. If the certificate is not present, the decision to use one or more certificates should be made by the party issuing the document. If not all signers are present, you’ll need to use additional certificates if you notarize the signatures of these individuals later.

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