Can A Blank Document Be Notarized?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

One of the oldest, common rumors about notarial procedures is that a notary must never notarize a blank document.

 

Although the contents of a signer’s document are irrelevant to a notarization, the statutes of a few states specify that a notary may not sign their name and affix their seal on a blank document. A significant number of people believe that this means it is unlawful for the notary to notarize a signature on a document that is blank Others argue that because a document’s contents are irrelevant to the notarization, the above referenced prohibition probably refers to the notarial certificate and not to the signer’s document. It is indeed unlawful for a notary to sign and seal a blank notarial certificate.

 

Notarizations are performed merely to ensure that the signer was not an imposter and forger, and that he/she signed under his own free will and intent. When a document is signed before it is completed, which is a common business practice in many segments of commerce and trade, the signer assumes a considerable risk. The signer is trusting that the document blanks will be filled in later with truthful and correct information. If those whom he trusts are scoundrels, he becomes the victim of fraud. Now he has a heavy burden of proof to show the document he signed contains falsehoods that he did not assent to when signing prematurely.

 

The issue concerning the appropriateness of notarizing signatures to blank documents has several valid perspectives. It is an issue far from definitive resolution.

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Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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I have Kimo Jarrett . Often in a corporate setting a document may be a "routine" document that the signer knows he/she will need for procedure. They are very familiar with the document and know they will need to fill in the black with the proper vendors name at the end of the month.

Oct 19, 2019 06:00 AM #19
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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That is exactly what a notary publics job is James Dray .

Oct 19, 2019 06:01 AM #20
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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As usual you are spot on Nina Hollander (my love ).

Oct 19, 2019 06:02 AM #21
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Thanks Dana Basiliere , we are on the same page.

Oct 19, 2019 06:03 AM #22
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Marte Cliff
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I was once a notary - and created much ill-will with a former client when I refused to notarize her husband's siguature when I hadn't witnessed him signing. She and her attorney left my office steaming. Oh well.

Oct 19, 2019 12:02 PM #23
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I've been a notary for more than 30 years.  I never would sign my name with blanks on a document. Nope, nope and more nope.  

Oct 19, 2019 01:43 PM #24
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                                                 Thanks, Bob. 

Oct 19, 2019 06:35 PM #25
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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You did the right thing Marte Cliff . I let clients know that I could lose my license and my lively hood over their request.

Oct 19, 2019 06:46 PM #26
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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I would Tammy Lankford, but I have not to date. As long as I saw them sign the doc and I verified they were who they said they are I've done the job.

Oct 19, 2019 06:48 PM #27
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Bob "RealMan" Timm I was a Notary for over 30 years and had a Notary book that was filled out properly.... a notary is acknowledging a signature... just a signature.... if there's no signature, you'd never see my name and seal on it....

Oct 20, 2019 04:36 AM #28
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Bob "RealMan" Timm - this was an eye opening topic.  You brought up some big risks for the signer of the document.

Oct 20, 2019 05:37 AM #29
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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That's exactly right Barbara Todaro . The journal is so important to document that no fraud occurred when it came to you in regards to properly identifying the signer.

Oct 20, 2019 05:38 AM #30
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Yes, it's the signer who is taking the risk Grant Schneider . Just like Realtors are not to act like attorneys when giving advice Notaries are not Attorneys either and it's not our job to determine is a document would stand up in court. We notarize signatures, not documents!

Oct 20, 2019 05:41 AM #31
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There's not a chance I'd sign a blank document and get a notary to sign it (whom I know NONE, that I'm aware of, would do that! Risks go up sky high.....SKY HIGH!

Oct 20, 2019 12:29 PM #32
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Bob:

It's not something I've thought of but no doubt the issue has come up, along with people already signing the docs but not in front of the notary. Do you require thumbprints for each signed for certain docs as we do in California, like our deeds?

Jeff

Oct 20, 2019 05:20 PM #33
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales I wouldn't think of notarizing a blank doc with no signers signature on it. I would notarize a signers signature if they signed a blank document in front of me providing they can prove who they say they are.

Oct 20, 2019 06:08 PM #34
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Jeff Dowler, CRS North Dakota does not require thumbprints. I have had people bring me docs they already signed and I've always refused them.

Oct 20, 2019 06:10 PM #35
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Tom Bailey
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I was a notary for many years. I think you are correct in your premise about notarizing a signature on a blank document. That said, it would give me a lot of heartburn to do it

Oct 20, 2019 06:15 PM #36
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Thanks Tom Bailey . If I did it I'd want to know why it's blank and who intends to fill it in.

Oct 20, 2019 06:17 PM #37
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That's interesting. I would have just assumed notarizing a signature on a blank document was a no-no!

Oct 21, 2019 11:40 AM #38
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