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.
Here are the guidelines:
- Our notary cannot act as a witness.
- You will 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. This may include how many witness are needed, whether or not they can be related to you, or whether or not they can or can't be benefitted by the document.*Please note that we are not able to provide any legal advice, including 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)
To proceed with a witness:
- Follow the on-screen prompts to guide you through the the signing process. Please note that you should enter the signer's information (not the witness's information) when verifying your identity.
- The notary will be able to guide witnesses through signing their portion of the document during the live video notary meeting.
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