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May I Notarize A Postdated Document?

New Hotline Resized 3My boss wants me to sign documents that have been dated to a future date. Is it okay for me to notarize these documents? I am acknowledging his signature.S.A. California

Yes, provided you keep some things in mind. In general, any document bearing a date in the future or future effective date may be notarized before that date. A California Notary may notarize a document that has been predated provided: (1) the Notary enters the actual date of notarization in the certificate of acknowledgment, and not the date appearing on the document; and (2) the signer enters the actual date of signing on any document requiring a date next to the signature.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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08 Jan 2018

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09 Jan 2018

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