May I Accept Credible Identifying Witnesses I Don’t Know?

May a 91-year-old woman use two credible witnesses I don’t know personally to identify her when she signs a Durable Power of Attorney in favor of her son?K.M. Florida

A Florida Notary may rely upon the sworn written statement of one or two credible identifying witness(es) when identifying a signer, irrespective of the signer’s age. The two witnesses must present acceptable identification to the Notary.

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