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Can I sign my name differently than on my Notary seal?

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In the state of Texas can I sign my name as “Jane P. Doe” although my stamp states “Jane Patricia Doe?” — J. D., Texas

No, because In Texas, a Notary must sign the notarial certificate using the same name that is listed on the commission (GC 406-016[b]).

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John Payton

13 Nov 2022

I have been a notary for over 25 - 30 years and am very interested in performing RON loan packages

Joe

14 Nov 2022

Please comment on the unreadable notary signature. Does the notary print their name beneath it?

National Notary Association

17 Nov 2022

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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