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Is black ink required to sign for notarizations?

I am a New York State Notary Public, and I am getting some resistance from people when I ask them to sign in black ink. It is my understanding that each person is required to sign in black ink.  Is signing in black ink required in New York? — L.W., New York

No, there is no statute in New York that requires signers to sign in a certain color.

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Stefanie Wiggins

03 Aug 2020

The attorney that I worked under for 8 years actually preferred blue. With blue ink, it is easier to tell originals from copies.

Lori Wellborn

03 Aug 2020

"Photographically reproducible" is what I was told in CA. Most Notaries here prefer blue, but you may use hot pink, as long as it shows up when you make a copy of it!

Stacy Cooley

03 Aug 2020

That's been true for my personal and professional experiences as well - blue is typically preferred as it's easier to tell an original from a photocopy.

Lorane FONG

03 Aug 2020

Totally agreed to the above RE: using blue ink for the same reason commented. It sure stands out as original as the prints of all documents are in black...

Teresa

04 Aug 2020

When I was issued my certification a few years ago at the state office, they requested/recommended always signing in blue.

James D

17 Aug 2020

Dafault for GA Residential Real Estate closings is Blue, but a Lender/Title company may request the signing be done in Black. Other colors are usually not allowed by Lender/Title companies.

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