FL 2 Credible Witnesses Affidavit
This is the laws governing notaries of their duties and is not intended as legal advice. For additional information or for difficult situations, it may be advisable for you to seek the advice of a licensed attorney.
Occasionally, a notary is asked to notarize the signature of a person who does not have, and cannot obtain, acceptable identification. This most often occurs when the person is an elderly person, a minor child, or a person with a disability. Florida allows the sworn written statement of two credible witnesses whose identities are proven to the notary and who personally know the signer.
Please note that with this method, the witnesses must personally know the person whose signature is being notarized and must sign a sworn written statement. The 2 witnesses must have acceptable identification.
When using this methods of identification, it is also suggested the two witnesses also sign the document being notarized.
Keep in mind that these provisions are for the purpose of identifying certain people who do not have other identification and do not replace the “presence” requirement. The person whose signature is being notarized must be present at the time of the notarization.