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What do I do if a customer's signature isn't legible?

When the signer's signature on the ID is a scribble, and is not the complete name as shown on the mortgage documents, and the client must sign docs as shown in the docs, how do I handle the notarization? — K.R., California

You should obtain instructions for how the signer should sign the loan documents from the lender or title company.

There are no laws that indicate that the signers must sign legibly.  The law generally regards any scribble or scrawl of a person’s name as a valid signature.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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01 Nov 2021

I am an experienced NSA and may be moving to California from New Hampshire. What steps do I need to do to to move my NSA business and what is it like being an NSA in the Sacramento area?

National Notary Association

03 Nov 2021

Hello. If you move to California, you will need to resign your New Hampshire commission and apply for a new Notary commission in California. More information is available here:

lucy ramirez

08 Nov 2021

I got confused with the credible witness are we able to notarized documents if we don't have any information just the agent for a power of attorney?

National Notary Association

12 Nov 2021

Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

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