A new law recently enacted by Governor Jerry Brown will now require all California notaries to collect a thumbprint for any persons needing a notarization. This new law becomes effective on January 1, 2013. It also prohibits Notaries from performing a proof of execution by subscribing witness on any document that effects real property.
The only other state at this time requiring a thumbprint is Illinois. But I am sure other states will soon follow. I strongly recommend obtaining thumbprints for all notarization's no matter what your state laws are at this time. The added security has proven to deter fraud and assist law enforcement in identifying suspects.
Lisa Scanlon, CSA