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What address do I put in my Notary journal if a signer just moved?

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The person signing my journal just moved a few months ago to a new home and his ID does not reflect the new address. Do I have to put the address reflected on the ID when completing the journal or can he verbally provide his new address to note on the journal?M.C., California

You are not required to record the address of a signer in your Notary journal. As a standard of care, you can record the current address (given verbally) in your journal and make a note that it is different from the address listed on the identification.

For information on Notary journal entry requirements for other states, please see our article, “A Notary’s guide to completing journal entries.”

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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