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Can I Notarize a Rubber Stamp Signature Of An Affiant?

New Hotline Resized 3Is it legal to notarize a rubber stamp signature of an affiant? — E.C., Florida

Florida statute (F.S. 117.05(14) requires Notaries to make reasonable accommodations to provide notarial services to individuals with disabilities. That said, this section of Florida law does not explicitly mention use of a signature stamp as a “reasonable accommodation.” Instead, it outlines procedures for notarizing a signature by mark or signature made by the Notary on behalf of the individual with a physical disability who cannot sign or make a mark. In the absence of any other specific law allowing using of signature stamps by affiants, the NNA recommends using one of these reasonable accommodations instead.

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05 Mar 2018

My comfort level as to witnessing/notarizing the signature is to visually see the signer "make their mark". There are election laws where people are required to make an "x" or some type of mark - My opinion is that this would be the same. To the best of my knowledge, I believe that there are any states that would accept a rubber stamp for a signature or voter's "mark" when voting.

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