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Best Practices

Notary Tip: Unusual IDs — Acceptable Or Not?

By John Jacobson on July 12, 2019 - Here are tips to help you if a signer presents you with an unusual or unfamiliar ID during a notarization.

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Saying 'No' Can Be A Good Thing For Notaries

By Michael Closen on July 10, 2019 - Turning down a signer's request is something all Notaries face at one time or another. Here's the right way to do so.

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Can Notaries Accept A Learner’s Permit As Proof Of Identity?

By David Thun on July 01, 2019 - Can a Notary accept a learner’s permit for a student driver as proof of identity? The answer depends on state’s laws and the information on the permit.

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What Is A Vital Record — And Can I Notarize It?

By David Thun on July 01, 2019 - Customers often ask Notaries to notarize birth certificates or marriage certificates — also known as vital records. However, these documents are restricted due to their special nature.

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What Would You Do Answers: The Case Of The Husband’s POA And Divorce

By David Thun on June 20, 2019 - Last week we asked our Notaries how you would handle a husband who wants to sign for his wife on their divorce settlement. Here are your answers.

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What Would You Do: The Case Of The Husband's POA And Divorce

By David Thun on June 13, 2019 - How would you handle a husband who wants to sign a divorce settlement on his wife's behalf? We invite readers to share your solutions.

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Maryland Notary Tip: When A Document Has No Notarial Certificate

By Elaine Wright Harris on April 02, 2019 - Maryland Notary instructor Elaine Wright Harris explains what to do when Notaries in her state encounter documents that do not include certificate wording.

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Real Estate Fraud: Notaries At Risk

By Michael Lewis on April 02, 2019 - Real estate fraud remains a major problem and almost every case involves a faulty notarization, according to a recent report. But by doing your job correctly, you can reduce the risk of being targeted in a scam.

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What Would You Do Answers: The Case Of The Private Address

By David Thun on March 27, 2019 - Last week, we asked Notaries how they would handle a signer who demanded that her address not be recorded in the Notary journal. Here are your responses.

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What Would You Do: The Case Of The Private Address

By David Thun on March 20, 2019 - What would you do if a signer demanded you remove her address from your Notary journal entry? We invite our Notary community to share their thoughts.

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