Learn how to prepare a document to require a witness for a real estate transaction. 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.
Note: You can set up the transaction to require a witness, or the notary can add a witness during a meeting.
🎯Primary Audience: Title Agents & Lenders
How to Prepare Your Document
If you've uploaded a document that needs witness signatures, click the Requires Witness toggle to turn it ON. (Eye Icon)
- Signers must provide their own witness(es):
- Exception: Notaries can act as one of the witnesses for Florida Real Estate transactions - Read Witness Options - Florida Real Estate Transactions.
- Notarize does not provide witnesses.
- The signer and the witness(es) must be in the same physical location:
- Exception: Florida Real Estate transactions - Read Witness Options - Florida Real Estate Transactions.
- It is the responsibility of the signer to ensure that the witnesses meet any state or document-specific requirements. For example, if 2 witnesses are required, the signer is responsible for ensuring there are 2 witnesses.
- Notarize does not provide any legal advice, including witness requirements.
- Witnesses should be prepared to show a valid photo ID.
How does it work?
After the notary adds a witness, a form appears on the signer's screen for the witness to complete.
The Notary can then toggle the penholder control between the signer and the witness(es).
When the witness is the active penholder, they can complete their witness designations, such as placing their signature(s).
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