Can an individual change the date to the right year when having a signature acknowledged by a notary?


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No person, including a notary public, may make any changes to a notarized document after the date of notarization, according to the American Association of Notaries. If a notary makes an error on a document, she must correct it at the time of the original signing.

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Should a correction be needed after the fact, one must have a new document notarized with the correct information, states the American Association of Notaries. If the error is printed on the original document, for example, a name and date typed under a signature line, the notary may draw a line through the printed error at the time of the notarization. She is then required to write the correct information and initial it next to the correction. These corrections also must be made on the date of the actual notarization.

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