Q: When a customer is using a power of attorney to sign a document for someone else, which name and address do I enter in the notary journal?
A: RULONA Section 319 (c) (3) requires the notary to record “The full name and address of each individual for whom the notarial act is performed.” In this example, the notarial act is being performed for the agent, who is the person appearing before the notary to be identified. The agent’s name and address (city and state only, per Department of State proposed regulations) goes into the column for that information. A notation such as, “Agent for Mr. John Doe POA,” can be made in the Remarks column.
Q: If I am asked to notarize an acknowledgment by attorney-at-law, does the attorney need to provide satisfactory evidence of the signer’s identity?
A: The notarial certificate (or notary wording) for an acknowledgment by attorney-at-law requires the attorney to state that he/she was personally present when the signer(s) signed the record and that the signer(s) signed the record for the purposes contained in the record. There is no requirement for the attorney to provide satisfactory evidence of the identity of the signer(s).