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May a notary public accept the sworn testimony of a person who witnessed a signature in lieu of the signer being present for the notarization?

No. Although some states may allow a notarization based upon such sworn testimony, Florida does not. Some notaries mistakenly believe that they may call the signer on the telephone to verify the signature and then proceed with the notarization. Florida law prohibits a notary from notarizing any signature if the signer is not present at the time of the notarization.

Published by the Executive Office of the Governor - Notary Section

Publication Date:
September 1, 1997
Updated December 1, 1999
Updated November 1, 2001

Article Details
Date Created November 01, 2007
Submitted by: Jennifer Bertsch, Notary Education Coordinator <fl_gov_notary@eog.state.fl.us>
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