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A notary may sign for Principal Unable to Sign

Updated: Mar 23, 2022

A notary may sign the name of a principal physically unable to sign or make a mark on a document presented for notarization if:

  1. the principal directs the notary to do so in the presence of 2 witnesses disinterested in the document;

  2. the notary signs the principal’s name in the presence of the principal and the witnesses;

  3. both witnesses sign their own names beside the signature;

  4. the notary writes below the signature: “Signature affixed by the notary at the direction and in the presence of (name of principal unable to sign or make a mark) and also in the presence of (names and addresses of 2 witnesses) pursuant to Section 5-4 of The Model Notary Act”; and

  5. the notary notarizes the signature through an acknowledgment, jurat, or signature witnessing.

“Principal” means:

(1) a person whose signature is notarized; or

(2) a person, other than a credible witness, taking an oath or affirmation from the notary.

Source: The Model Notary Act Of 2010


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