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Can I Take Photos Of A Signer's ID?

I have been instructed to take photos of a borrower’s IDs with my cell phone for a loan document signing. Is this legal?T.P., Illinois

There may be federal or state personal information and privacy laws in play here that govern the collection, storage, and dissemination of personal information that could put you at risk. Most lenders and larger title companies do not want Notaries to take pictures of signer IDs due to the privacy risks. You should know your obligations and rights before accepting an assignment from a company that asks you to take pictures of borrowers’ IDs.

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Lisa Ackerson

11 May 2020

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11 May 2020

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Pallavi Shah

11 May 2020

Do i need RON notary certification in Illinois?

National Notary Association

11 May 2020

Hello. Please see here for Illinois emergency remote notarization guidelines: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2020/03/states-emergency-action-remote-notarization

Pallavi Shah

11 May 2020

do i need RON notary certificate in Illinois?

National Notary Association

11 May 2020

Hello. Please see here for Illinois emergency remote notarization guidelines: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2020/03/states-emergency-action-remote-notarization

Barbara Ann Patton

11 May 2020

What is this?

Artur

11 May 2020

Sometimes your answers are so broad that they do not actually answer question being asked. Please be more specific in your answers.

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