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Are thumbprints required in my state for Notary journal entries?

Are thumbprints required for Notary journals in the state of New Jersey?L. H., New Jersey

No, New Jersey does not require Notaries to obtain a thumbprint of each signer in a journal entry.

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James Recchia

26 Sep 2022

Does Michigan require Notaries to obtain a thumbprint of each signer in a journal entry. Thank you James Recchia

National Notary Association

26 Sep 2022

Hello. No, Michigan does not require a signer thumbprint for journal entries.

Donna N.

26 Sep 2022

I am a Nevada notary. I was recently told by a paralegal that thumbprints are not required here. Did I miss something new? For safety's sake, I have always taken thumbprints for all transactions.

National Notary Association

26 Sep 2022

Hello. No, Nevada does not require a signer thumbprint for Notary journal entries.

Tasha

26 Sep 2022

Does Illinois require Notaries to obtain a thumbprint of each signer in a journal entry.

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2022

Hello. No, Notaries Public in Illinois are not required by law to keep records of notarial acts.

nataliejensen816@gmail.com

26 Sep 2022

Does Kentucky require Notaries to obtain a thumbprint of each signer in a journal entry?

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2022

Hello. No, the state does not require a thumbprint for journal entries.

Sarah Pond

26 Sep 2022

Does Missouri require thumbprints in Notary journal?

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2022

Hello. No, the state does not require thumbprints for journal entries.

MW

26 Sep 2022

Does Tennessee require a thumbprint in notary journals? I had read somewhere that even if not required, it’s a practice recommended by NNA?

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2022

Hello. Tennessee does not require a thumbprint for journal entries. While a Notary may ask a signer to provide a thumbprint, this is optional for the signer, and the signer has the right to refuse. You may not refuse to perform a notarization solely on the basis of the signer declining to provide a thumbprint for your journal entry.

Gwendolyn

27 Sep 2022

Does South Carolina require a signer thumbprint?

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2022

Hello. South Carolina only requires a journal for electronic notarizations, and a thumbprint is not required for the journal entry.

Alan Cohen

27 Sep 2022

All my clients in NJ are always happy to give their thumbprint if I ask even though its not needed in NJ. I let them know its to prevent fraud in case the SOS wants to look into anything.

Susan F.

27 Sep 2022

If NC does not require thumbprints, is it ok to get them anyway for peach of mind?

National Notary Association

06 Oct 2022

Hello. In states where a thumbprint is not required for a Notary journal entry and is not prohibited by state law, you may ask for a thubmprint but the signer has the option to decline. If the thumbprint is not required, Notaries should not refuse service to a signer solely because they decline to leave a thumbprint.

SYLVIA Wilson

28 Sep 2022

Maryland or Virginia require thumbprints?

National Notary Association

28 Sep 2022

Hello. No, neither state requires a journal thumbprint. Virginia only requires a journal for electronic notarial acts.

James R

28 Sep 2022

Do i need two journal or is notary journal and an NSA journal the same journal Thank you foe your help

National Notary Association

04 Oct 2022

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

Lisa

02 Oct 2022

Does Indiana require me to take a thumb print?

National Notary Association

04 Oct 2022

Hello. No, Indiana prohibits its Notaries from taking biometric information such as a thumbprint in a journal entry (75 IAC 7-6-1[a]).

Gio Vidal

02 Oct 2022

Does Florida require a signer thumbprints?

National Notary Association

04 Oct 2022

Hello. Florida only requires a journal for online notarizations, A thumbprint is not required for journal entries for online notarizations. The Executive Office of the Florida Governor's website includes the following question and answer in its FAQ on fingerprints: “Q: May I require the fingerprints of a person for whom I notarize? – “A: No. Florida law does not require, nor authorize, notaries to take fingerprints from persons whose signatures they notarize. Many notary journals or records books allow space for a thumbprint, but this feature is optional. If there is no objection from the signer, you may record a thumbprint in your journal. However, you should not refuse to provide notary services based solely on the person's refusal to provide a fingerprint in your record book”

India D.

03 Oct 2022

Hello. Does Texas require fingerprints in the notary journal?

National Notary Association

06 Oct 2022

Hello. No, Texas prohibits taking fingerprints or thumbprints for journal entries. “A notary public (other than a court clerk notarizing instruments for the court) shall not record in the notary’s record book: … a biometric identifier, including a fingerprint, voice print, and retina or iris image” (1 TAC 87.50[a][3]).

Donna Miller

04 Oct 2022

Does Nebraska require Notaries to obtain a thumbprint of each signer in a journal entry for any type of notarization. Thank you Donna Miller

National Notary Association

06 Oct 2022

Hello. Nebraska does not require a thumbprint for Notary journal entries.

alex.lee.ogle@gmail.com

10 Oct 2022

Does Arizona require a thumbprint for notary journal entry?

National Notary Association

13 Oct 2022

Hello. No, Arizona does not require a thumbprint for journal entries.

matthewjaykessler@gmail.com

17 Oct 2022

Does California require a thumbprint for notary journal entry?

National Notary Association

18 Oct 2022

Hello. California Notaries must obtain the signer's thumbprint for the journal entry when notarizing a power of attorney, deed, quitclaim deed, deed of trust or other document affecting real property.

deann@priostone.com

18 Oct 2022

Does Alabama require a thumbprint for journal entries on any documents?

National Notary Association

18 Oct 2022

Hello. No, Alabama's journal requirement for traditional notarizations was repealed effective January 1, 2012. However, the Secretary of State's office recommends keeping a journal voluntarily.

latashaeslater@yahoo.com

02 Nov 2022

Is a thumbprint required in the state of Kansas

National Notary Association

03 Nov 2022

Hello. Kansas Notaries are not required to obtain a signer thumbprint for their journal entries.

Tan

22 Nov 2022

Does Washington State require thumbprints?

National Notary Association

30 Nov 2022

Hello. No, WA does not require a thumbprint for journal entries.

dmartinez84@phs.org

13 Dec 2022

does new mexico require a thumb print

National Notary Association

14 Dec 2022

Hello. No, New Mexico Notaries are not required to obtain a signer thumbprint for their journal entries. The requirements are: “An entry in a journal must … contain the following information: “(1) the date and time of the notarial act; “(2) a description of the record, if any, and type of notarial act; “(3) the full name and address of each individual for whom the notarial act is performed; “(4) if identity of the individual is based on personal knowledge, a statement to that effect; “(5) if identity of the individual is based on satisfactory evidence, a brief description of the method of identification and the identification credential presented, if any, including the date of issuance and expiration of any identification credential; and “(6) the fee, if any, charged by the notary public” (NMSA 14-14A-18.C).

Kassadi

16 Dec 2022

Is Idaho a state that requires a thumbprint? Is Idaho a state where requesting a thumbprint for a notary journal illegal?

National Notary Association

20 Dec 2022

Hello. Idaho does not require Notaries to keep a journal (though it is a recommended practice) and does not have statutory guidelines for requesting a thumbprint for a journal entry.

Kathleen

07 Jan 2023

Does Ohio require a thumbprint in journal?

National Notary Association

10 Jan 2023

Hello. No, Ohio does not require a thumbprint for journal entries. The state only requires a journal for online notarizations.

David

14 Jan 2023

Hello, does Oregon require a thumbprint in the journal?

National Notary Association

23 Jan 2023

Hello. No, Oregon Notaries are not required to take thumbprints for their journal entries.

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