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 people in town, so it was hard to impersonate a long-time friend or neighbor.

But today we live in a highly mobile society. Often we do not know our neighbors, and many people make more friends on Facebook than face to face.

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