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Am I Still Required To Take Thumbprints During The COVID-19 Crisis?

Are Notaries still required to take customer’s fingerprints during the COVID-19 crisis?C.C., California

Yes, California Notaries are still required to obtain a journal thumbprint for signers of all powers of attorney, deeds, quitclaim deeds, deeds of trust and any document affecting any real property (GC 8206). Please see our Bulletin article “Taking Thumbprints During COVID-19 Crisis” for safety recommendations to apply when obtaining journal thumbprints.

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mary dendy

19 May 2020

my commission expires 5/21/20. I am was informed there is an article of extensions of commissions during covid19. I have a class but not until 6/17/20. I was looking for such article, but could not find. My commission was issued in CA. Is there such an article?

National Notary Association

20 May 2020

Please see the entry for California in this article: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2020/03/states-emergency-action-remote-notarization

Cris Ruiz

25 May 2020

I'm approaching my retirement years and I would like to use my Notary Certification as a form of additional income. Can you tell me how else I can create income using my Notary, or a derivative of it. I live in Florida.

National Notary Association

27 May 2020

Hello. You can find articles on alternate income opportunities for Notaries here: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/alternate-income-opportunities

Ete-kamba Amaku

27 May 2020

What if Signers are refusing to provide thumbprints for non-real property documents? Should we simply make note of that Signer's refusal or does it void the entry?

National Notary Association

27 May 2020

Hello. To make sure we provide you with the correct guidance, can you please confirm what state you are commissioned in?

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