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If I’m Notarizing In A New State, Do I Need To Ask For A Signer’s Thumbprint?

New Hotline Resized 3I recently moved from California to South Carolina. Should I ask for a signer’s thumbprint in my journal when performing a Notary service? M.R., South Carolina

South Carolina does not require you to keep a Notary journal but strongly recommends the practice. The U.S. Notary Public Reference Manual offers sample journal entries, which contain the following information: Date and time of notarization, type of notarial act, type of document, date of document, fee charged, address of signer, signature of signer, manner in which signer was identified, and any special comments. Obtaining a thumbprint is not required or prohibited. However, if your signer refuses to provide a thumbprint, you may not use that as cause to decline the notarization.

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Henry Bried

10 Apr 2018

Yes, It is good practice to have the siners thumb print on every signing a notary completes

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