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Notary Bulletin

Is It Illegal For A Notary To Read A Signer's Document?

Is it illegal for a Notary Public to read the full document before providing the Notary service?R.L., Texas

No, it is not illegal; however, the Notary should not read the documents they notarize because it is unnecessary and could possibly be a violation of the signer’s privacy. You may scan over the document to obtain the information you need for your journal entry of the notarization.

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