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Do I Need Two Notary Journal Entries For Identical Documents?

New Hotline Resized 3If I have two original copies of the same agreement to be notarized, will I need two journal entries? Or one journal entry since the signer is signing the same exact document twice? Thank you!
— C.T., California

 Even though the documents are exactly the same, they require two separate signatures, two separate notarizations and therefore two separate journal entries (Gov’t Code 8206).

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15 Apr 2019


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15 Apr 2019

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13 Aug 2019

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National Notary Association

14 Aug 2019

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Susan M Jaeger

20 May 2021

I need a second original of a Durable Power of Attorney done exactly the same. I should put the same dates etc. I assume I would than get the document notarized again, correct? I am in California.

National Notary Association

24 May 2021

Hello. We're sorry, but any questions about preparation and requirements for a power of attorney document would need to be answered by a qualified attorney.

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