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Notary Bulletin

May An Injured Person Sign With An "X"?

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A signer is incapacitated and cannot sign his regular signature. If the he signs with an “X” instead, can I notarize the document? J.Z., Michigan

Yes, a Notary in Michigan may notarize the signature of a person who signs with a mark. Although not required by law, the signer should make making their mark — such as an “X” — in the presence of two witnesses.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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