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Performing Arkansas Notarizations
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TOPIC: What are the steps for performing a notarization?

What are the steps for performing a notarization? 5 years 3 months ago #866

Follow these general steps for every notarization you perform:

1. Require the personal appearance of the document signer. Although Arkansas law permits you to perform a notarization without the signer being present if you recognize the signature of the signer, this is never a good idea. Requiring the presence of the signer and identifying the signer with a reliable method of identification are the cornerstones of notarial law that deter forgery and fraud.
2. Examine the document to ensure it is complete and contains a properly formatted notarial certificate.
3. Identify the signer, either through your personal acquaintance of the individual or some type of satisfactory evidence, such as a valid driver’s license or passport.
4. Enter the transaction into your record book. Although the law does not require you to keep a record book, the Secretary of State recommends you keep a record of all your notarial acts.
5. Perform the notarization ceremony. You must communicate verbally with the signer to perform the notarial act. The person usually signs the document at this point.
6. Complete the notarial certificate. Make sure the information is correct and complete. Do not forget to sign and seal the certificate.



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