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How Do I Record A Credible Witness In My Notary Journal?

New Hotline Resized 3How do I record a credible witness in my Notary Journal?  — M.L., California

The rules are different when there are one or two credible witnesses. For a single credible witness, you must obtain the signature of the witness in your journal or the type of identification document presented by the witness, the governmental agency that issued the ID, the ID serial or identifying number, and either the issuance or expiration date of the ID. As a best practice, you may obtain the signature of the witness and enter the identification information. For two credible witnesses, you must obtain the signatures of both witnesses and the type of identification document presented by the witness, the governmental agency that issued the ID, the ID serial or identifying number, and either the issuance or expiration date of the ID.

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