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Does my state require witnesses for a signature by mark?

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In the State of Texas, do you need a witness for a signature by mark? — F.P., Texas

No. In the state of Texas, a signature by mark is treated the same as a regular signature (GC 311.005[6]).  Specifically, the law states: “‘Signed’ includes any symbol executed or adopted by a person with present intention to authenticate a writing.” Witnesses are not required, unless the document specifically calls for witnesses.

Please see the Notary Bulletin article on signatures by mark for more information about rules and requirements for Notaries in other states. 

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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