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Can I Correct A Notary Error Without The Signer Present?

If a Notary forgot to sign and notarize a document on January 20, 2020, are they able to sign and notarize the document after the fact a month later, without the customer returning to provide a new signature?D. R., Florida

No. Florida Statutes 117.107(8) says a Notary may not amend a notarial certificate after the notarization is complete. If a Notary forgot to sign the notarial certificate previously, they would have to perform a new notarization.  This would require that the signer to personally appear before the Notary at the time of the new notarization.

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