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Are There Special Rules When Notarizing For Minors?

New Hotline Resized 3What are the guidelines in Texas for notarizing forms signed by minors that require notarization? S.J., Texas

Texas doesn't have specific laws or guidelines for notarizing the signature of a minor. In general, if the minor can be properly identified and understands what they are signing, you may notarize their signature. A rule in the Texas Administrative Code authorizes you to refuse to notarize if you have concerns about the signer’s capacity to understand the contents of the document (1 TAC 87.30[a][3]). This applies to minors as well as adults.

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