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Are witnesses needed for a signature by mark?

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Can a signature by mark be notarized in the state of Michigan? If so, are witnesses required?L.D., Michigan

There are no special steps necessary to notarize a mark and no additional witnesses are required. The reason is the following definition of “signature” in the Michigan Notary Public Act treats a signer’s “mark” the same as a regular signature:

“‘Signature’ means an individual’s written or printed name, electronic signature, or mark, attached to or logically associated with a contract or other record and executed, adopted, or made by the individual with the intent to sign the record” (MCL 55.267[b]).

Rules for signatures by mark in other states may vary. For information and guidance on notarizing signatures by mark in other states, please see our article “Notary Tip: How to handle a signature by mark.”

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