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How Do I Record An Undated Document In My Notary Journal?

If the document being notarized does not have a date, should I enter the date the notarization took  place be in my journal entry instead, or should the date be left blank in the journal entry?A.S., Texas

You should not leave the entry space for the document date blank in your journal because Texas law requires the date of the document to be recorded in your journal. In this case, your best course of action is to write “No Date” in your journal.

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Joseph D Scott Jr

19 Feb 2021

Is it legal to notarize an undated document in Maryland?

National Notary Association

10 Mar 2021

A date on a document is not required in order to notarize a signature. A date is required within the acknowledgment or jurat wording in any notarization.


25 Feb 2021

Should we assume that all the other states do the same?

National Notary Association

26 Feb 2021

Hello. Each state has its own rules regarding Notary journals, and some do not require a journal. If you can tell us what state you have questions about, we'll be happy to provide you with more specific information for that state.

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