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Are witnesses still required for an out-of-state document?

I am a Michigan Notary and I am notarizing documents for a Florida property purchase. One of the title company documents indicates that two witnesses are needed. Since I am in Michigan, and we don't have a rule that states there must be two witnesses, are the witnesses still required? — N.P., Michigan

Yes. Although Michigan does not require witnesses, the state where the document will be filed does. If your document indicates that two witnesses are required, then the signer must provide those witnesses.

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joe freitas

14 Dec 2020

Can a MA notary, while wintering in FL, notarize docs for MA transactions? can he notarize docs for FL residents and/or transactions that will record in FL?

National Notary Association

15 Dec 2020

Hello. No, MA Notaries are not authorized to perform notarizations while physically outside the borders of Massachusetts.

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