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Hotline Tip: Should I Handwrite Or Type My Notary Certificates?

Is it best to handwrite or to type in the wording on a Notary certificate? – J.B., Austin, TX

Legibility and permanence are critical when it comes to writing on any legal form. A typewriter most likely has the edge over hand printing when it comes to legibility, but the ink affixed by a pen is usually more difficult to remove, making the pen more permanent.

Both issues considered, it is probably best to fill out a certificate by hand, printing legibly with a fountain pen filled with black ink. This also provides a document examiner with plenty of samples of the Notary’s writing, in case it is needed for future reference.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. — The Editors

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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