When the signer of an instrument cannot write (sign) his or her name, that person may sign the document by mark. During the last 3-4 years, No Hassle Notary Public has completed a little over 100 Signature by Mark notary jobs (attached pic is one recent example).
The requirements for notarizing a signature by mark are as follows:
• The person signing the document by mark must be identified by the notary public by satisfactory evidence.
• The signer’s mark must be witnessed by two persons who must subscribe their own names as witnesses on the document. One witness should write the person’s name next to the person’s mark and then the witness should sign his or her name as a witness.
• The signer by mark must include his or her mark in the notary public journal. To qualify as a signature, the making of the mark in the notary public journal, must be witnessed by an individual who must write the person’s name next to the mark and then sign his or her own name as a witness.