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Hotline Tip: Do I Record A Signer's ID Information In My Notarial Journal?

As a Florida Notary, am I required to record a signer’s driver’s license number in my notarial journal? - M.R., Plantation, FL

There are currently no journal requirements in Florida; however, the NNA and the Executive Office of the Governor does recommend it as a best practice for Florida Notaries. The Governor’s Reference Manual for Notaries Public recommends that for written identification the Notary record the serial number of the identification in the journal.

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.

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