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Where Does A Notary Sign When There's No Signature Line?

New Hotline Resized 3The certificate wording on a document is fine, but there is no line within the certificate for me to sign on. Can I still notarize the document?  D.S., MN

Yes, you can notarize the document. A required element of the notarization is your signature; however, the law does not indicate that a designated signature line is required. You can simply sign at the bottom of the certificate wording near your Notary seal. 

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