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Do I need to sign my full name when notarizing?

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Can you tell me if I need to sign my full name including my middle name?J.H., Texas

According to Government Code 406.016(b), a Notary must sign their name exactly as it appears on the Notary commission. Your official Notary seal typically will contain your commission name, so if your Notary commission isn’t handy you should use sign the name as it is on your seal.

For more information, please see our article, “How to notarize a document in 5 steps.”

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