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Best Practices

A Notary’s Guide To Spotting Fake IDs

By David Thun on January 28, 2016 - Verifying the identity of signers can be challenging considering how realistic many fake IDs appear to be. Use this Notary guide to spot fake IDs.

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What To Do With Old Notary Seals

By David Thun on January 06, 2016 - At some point in your Notary career, you’ll have an old seal on your hands. Keep these tips in mind when dealing with an old seal.

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The 3 Ways Notaries Can Properly Identify Signers

By Kelle Clarke on December 03, 2015 - There are three major methods of identifying signers, each with its own set of guidelines, procedures and challenges. Learn more from the NNA.

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How Notaries Can Use ‘Personal Knowledge’ To Identify Signers

By Kelle Clarke on November 12, 2015 - Notaries can rely on their “personal knowledge” of a signer when verifying his identity. Learn how well you must know the signer to rely on this method.

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Notaries Post Mixed Results In Face-Matching Research Survey

By Michael Lewis on November 12, 2015 - Members of the Notary community who took part in a recent face-matching research survey correctly identified imposters about 72% of the time.

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How To Determine If An ID Card Is Acceptable For Notarization

By Kelle Clarke on November 04, 2015 - Determining if an ID is acceptable for a notarization can be a challenge. Use the NNA’s guide to understand acceptable ID standards.

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When ‘Tricks’ Or ‘Treats’ Aren’t Fun And Games For Notaries

By David Thun on October 22, 2015 - Sometimes Notaries run into shady signers who try to “trick” them with a false ID, or offer “treats” such as gratuities that may not be appropriate to accept.

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Notary Challenge: How Do I Handle A Credible Identifying Witness?

By Kelle Clarke on October 07, 2015 - When a signer does not possess ID, a Notary may need to use one or more credible identifying witnesses to verify the signer’s identity.

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Important Facts Notaries Should Know About Copy Certification

By David Thun on October 01, 2015 - Sometimes Notaries are asked to certify a copy of a document. But before accepting a request to do this, Notaries need to know a few important facts.

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How To Handle A Notarization Involving An ‘Attorney In Fact’

By David Thun on September 23, 2015 - An attorney in fact has authority to sign the principal's name and have that signature notarized. Learn to perform notarizations for an attorney in fact.

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