From NNA: How Notaries Can Use ‘Personal Knowledge’ To Identify Signers

When verifying a signer’s identity, Notaries can rely on their “personal knowledge” of the individual. In other words, the Notary actually knows the signer through personal or professional dealings. This identification method dates from a time before governments issued ID cards, when people were much more likely to spend their lives in one community. The local Notary generally knew most […]

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From NNA: How To Determine If An ID Card Is Acceptable For Notarization

Identifying signers is a primary — and vitally important — responsibility of every Notary. Many of you will rely on some form of ID in order to properly identify them. But determining if an ID is acceptable can be a challenge. Given the wide variety of IDs in the world, you’re bound to come across an unfamiliar ID at some […]

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From NNA: Can I Perform A Marriage For An Undocumented Immigrant?

Can I perform a marriage ceremony for an undocumented immigrant? The groom is a U.S. citizen, but the bride is not. — S.M., Orlando, Florida Yes, you may perform the ceremony. There are two qualifications for you to perform the ceremony: The couple must obtain a valid Florida marriage license to present to you, and then the bride and groom […]

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From NNA: Data Security for Notaries on the Go

Protecting the confidential information of signers and others you do business with is becoming one of your more important responsibilities. With cybercriminals siphoning off $400 billion a year, according to some estimates, that means doing more than just locking up your Notary journal and stamp, and making sure your client’s documents don’t get stolen. Whether you work in an office or retail […]

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From NNA: What To Do If Your Notary Seal Or Journal Go Missing

Your Notary seal and journal are essential tools of your trade. Your journal contains a signer’s personal information and records of past notarial acts, and your seal may be used by another individual to commit fraud. Unfortunately, crooks covet Notary tools to obtain private information or falsify notarial acts. That’s why it’s crucial to take immediate steps if you find […]

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ALERT!! Reduced Time for Service in Federal Court Effective December 1, 2015

Effective December 1, 2015, time for service in federal court gets shortened by 30 days.  Beginning on that date, service must be accomplished within 90 days from filing (reduced from the 120-day period that has prevailed for many years). There are some exceptions. For additional information, read this article from Thomson Reuters, The Fuse Just Got Shortened: Fewer Days for Service […]

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Fast Tip from the Litigation Support Guru – Freeze Panes in Excel

Litigation Support Guru Amy Bowser-Rollins has a fantastic website that you should check out, one of the many amazing resources she provides is “Fast Tip Friday” where she shares really awesome quickie tips on things you didn’t even know you wanted and needed to know how to do!  You can subscribe to her newsletter here: subscribe. Now, even if you are not […]

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From NNA: Notarizing Documents For Minors: Special Considerations

When it comes to notarizing documents for minors, the parent or guardian usually will sign on behalf of the underage signer. However, you occasionally may be asked to notarize a minor’s signature, and there are some extra considerations when this happens. Read the full article here: Notarizing For Minors: Special Considerations

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