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Do I have to provide my Social Security number when notarizing?

Do I have to provide my Social Security number when notarizing a document? I have a document with a line requesting that I enter my social security number. — B.F., Pennsylvania

No, there would not be any instance where you would be required to provide your Social Security number when performing a notarization. Your seven-digit commission number assigned to you by the Department of State would be the most that you would need to provide.

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Alan Friedland

27 Sep 2021

Excellent post! Please always think before giving anyone your personal information. Working as a mobile notary I suggest you incorporate and get a tax id number to give to signing companies. Notary Alan

28 Sep 2021

What notarial acts can I perform as a Notary Signing Agent in the state of Georgia.

National Notary Association

01 Oct 2021

Hello. Georgia law states that only a lender or a licensed Georgia attorney may conduct settlements and disburse closing funds “involving purchase money loans made by a lender, or refinance loans made by the current or new lender, which loans will be secured by deeds to secure debt or mortgages on real estate within the State of Georgia containing not more than four residential dwelling units, whether or not such deeds to secure debt or mortgages have a first-priority status” (OCGA 14-14-13[b]); and the law further prohibits anyone other than the settlement agent (a lender or an active member of the Georgia State Bar) for the entire transaction from overseeing the closing session (OCGA 44-14-13[a][10]).

Jerry Lucas

28 Sep 2021

This question may be referring to the letters SS or ss that often appear in the venue section of the notarial certificate. ss is an abbreviation for the Latin word scilicet, meaning in particular, or more specifically. For example, State of Colorado } } ss. El Paso County } It has nothing to do with a Social Security number. Sometimes the state, county, and city are included.

Candice Angotti

04 Oct 2021

Of course I'm not putting my social security number on anything I am notarizing. However, if you are working for someone as an independent contractor they are going to require you to complete a IRS W-9 form and will ask for your social security number for tax purposes, or EIN if you have one for your business.


16 Feb 2022

Do I need a Ssn to became a notary or can I open a business and use EIN , or ITIN?

National Notary Association

18 Feb 2022

Hello. To help us answer your questions, can you please tell us what state you are located in?


18 Feb 2022


National Notary Association

28 Feb 2022

Hello. It would depend on your local city, county and state requirements regarding business licensing. For more information and resources to help you, please see here:


19 Jan 2024

Shouldn't my commission number be enough to renew my notary stamp? Do I have to give my ss number and driver lic number for renewal?

national notary association

19 Jan 2024

Hello. To help us answer your question, can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

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