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Notary Bulletin

Should I ask for a customer's signature in my Notary journal?

In Texas, are Notaries required to obtain the signer’s signature for the notary journal? —  D.M., Texas

No, obtaining the signer’s signature in your journal is not required by law but it is an important professional standard of practice that you may want to follow.  A journal signature protects the Notary against a later claim that a signer did not appear for a notarization.

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11 Mar 2021

I always ask for a signature. If customer is hesitate, I indicate that it is for their protection also in case of fraud. My journal is not open to any and everybody that requests to look at it. Must have court order or some other legal document requesting to see it it by name, date done and then I make copy of the lines in question.

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