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How Do I Notarize For A Deaf Signer?

New Hotline Resized 3How do you notarize a signature for someone who is deaf?  L.K., New Jersey

New Jersey law does not have specific provisions for notarizing for the deaf, but The Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility helpfully states that a Notary Public must be able to communicate directly with the signer in order to notarize his/her signature. Standard III-C-3 says: “The Notary shall not notarize for any person with whom the Notary cannot directly communicate in the same language, regardless of the presence of a third-party interpreter or translator.”

Any form of direct communication is allowed. The Notary and signer may communicate in sign language. The Notary may communicate directly with the deaf person through writing notes on paper, or the Notary and signer type messages to each other on a computer or mobile device while in each other’s presence. 

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Steven Ray Day

10 Dec 2018

I agree with this, that as long as you can communicate in the same language you should be able to to the notarization. It does depend on the laws of each state. Most people that I deal with whom are deaf are willing to write notes since my sign language isn't the greatest.

Amy

28 Nov 2020

I do not agree when it has to do with deaf signers in a real estate transaction with an NSA. . Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, they aren’t entitled to reasonable accommodations (ASL interpreter) In Order to fully understand the transaction. My deaf husband would not be able to understand real estate documents without an interpreter. I am pretty sure that denying him one would be in violation of the ADA.

National Notary Association

30 Nov 2020

Hello. A Notary may communicate directly with a signer through alternatives other than direct spoken speech. For example, the Notary may use sign language, written messages, typed messages through a laptop or other device, or other means to communicate with a deaf signer directly if needed.

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