Blind or Physically Disabled Signers

Many states do not address or provide specific instructions to commissioned notaries on the proper way to notarize a signer who is blind. The requirements vary from one state to another and it’s imperative the notary completely understand his or her obligations when notarizing the signature of a blind person. The same is true for a signer who is disabled and unable to sign his/her name. Some states require the signer make at least a mark in their own handwriting while other states, like Oregon, have provisions which allow a disabled signer to use a stamp or mechanical device to sign his/her name. In these cases, the state may require a witness to be present to verify the signature.

In most cases, the notary must not assist the signer. Guiding the hand of the document signer could appear to be an act of official misconduct. However, some states allow the signer to ask the notary to sign his or her name on the document only if done so i the presence of at least one impartial witness. Ultimately, the notary should always consult with the state’s regulations to determine how many witnesses will be needed and whether the person or persons sign the document or just the notary’s journal.

All in all, research is of the utmost importance. It’s important to be aware of such matters to prevent fraud. I hope you found this information helpful and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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