Learn how to have a document notarized that requires a witness or witnesses.
What is a witness?
A witness is an additional person who is not a party to the transaction and is present to witness the signing of the specific document.
- The notary cannot act as a witness.
- You, as the signer, need to provide the witness(es); we do not provide them.
- A witness cannot be an immediate relative (parent, child, spouse, or sibling).
- Witnesses must be in the same room as the signer at the time of the transaction.
- It is the responsibility of the signer to ensure that the witnesses meet any state or document-specific requirements. Examples include how many witnesses are needed, or whether or not they can benefit from the document:
- We are not able to provide any legal advice, including advice about witness requirements.
- Witnesses must be 18 years of age or older.
- Witnesses must be able to communicate with the notary directly. We currently have English and Spanish speaking notaries (translators cannot be used to communicate between signers/witnesses and the notary)
Proceed with a Witness
- Follow the on-screen prompts to guide you through the signing process:
- Enter the signer's information (not the witness's information) when verifying your identity.
- The notary can guide witnesses through signing their portion of the document during the live video notary meeting.
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