Can I notarize documents for the blind?

October 4, 2011

Notarize for the blindOn several occasions I’ve been asked to notarize documents for either blind or visually impaired people. Since a blind person cannot read the document and therefore understand the content of the document it is not legal for a Notary Public to notarize the document unless the Notary Public reads the entire document to the blind person. However, to avoid the unauthorized practice of law, a Notary Public must not attempt to explain the document (FS 117.05[14][a]}.

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2 Responses to “Can I notarize documents for the blind?”

  1. Largo Notary on November 16th, 2011 6:13 pm

    I’m a notary public in Largo FL too. I’ve had this situation pop up where I had to notarize docs for a man that was legally blind. His wife held his hand and aimed it at the paper so he could sign in the right place. I shouldn’t have done this notarization.

  2. Cory on December 17th, 2011 3:42 pm

    @ Largo Notary yes you should have read it.

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