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Notary Notes

Are Stamped Customer Signatures Allowed Under the Notary Law?

by PAN
In the July-August 2018 issue of Notary Notes, we wrote that stamped signatures are never acceptable for notarizations. We were wrong.

For customers who are disabled or illiterate, stamped signatures are regarded the same as signatures by mark. In these instances, the customer must be present and properly identified at the time of the signing. The customer (either using a stamped signature or a signature by mark, such as an "X"), must clearly indicate to the notary that signing the record is their intention. It is recommended that two witnesses be present. It would also be a best practice to ID them.

We apologize for the confusion.

Reminder: To keep informed on important news and updates between issues of Notary Notes, visit PAN's blog or Facebook pages. You can access them through out Web site at www.notary.org.

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