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Can I correct a dating error on a document?

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Am I allowed to correct a date if the wrong month was entered, or does the document have to be corrected before I can notarize it?V. A., Texas

You are not entirely clear on where the incorrect date appears on the document. If it is in the text of the document, a Texas Notary may not make the correction. If the incorrect date in the text of the document is material to the execution of the document, the agency or individual who issued the document or the signer may make the correction. If, however, the incorrect date is in the certificate for the notarial act that you will be signing, then you must make the correction so that the date accurately reflects the date you performed the notarization.

For more information on corrections, please see our article “A guide to correcting Notary certificates.”

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