Who Can Witness a Signature?


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Laws vary based on the state and the purpose of the signature, but, in most cases, notaries public can witness any signatures except their own. When a notary public is not available, witnesses generally must be at least 18 years of age and of competent mind.

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Who Can Witness a Signature?
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Witnesses may be needed for the signing of medical consent forms or legal papers such as divorce decrees. When a witness other than a notary public is used, witnesses will need to provide some form of identification to prove that they are of legal age and confirm their identity. A notary public will have an official stamp and ID number to use.

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