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May I Notarize A Previously Signed Document?

New Hotline Resized 3Can I notarize a document that has previously been signed? K.V., North Carolina

It depends on the type of notarization requested. For an acknowledgment, the document may be previously signed, and the signer must acknowledge to you that he or she signed the document and did so willingly [G.S.10B-3(1)].

However, if you are performing a jurat, the signer must sign the document in your presence. If they already signed the document, have them cross out the prior signature and sign again.

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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David Wire

06 Aug 2018

Good to know what to do in the case of a pre-signed document needing a jurat. That was never clear before.


11 Aug 2018

if you don't know which type of notarization must be signed before you, then you probably should go back to notary school.

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