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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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