What's the Difference Between a Signature Guarantee and a Notarized Signature?

When it comes to dealing with legal documents and transactions, most states require either a signature guarantee or an official notarization.

Both signature guarantees and notarizations verify the identities of the signing parties, but they serve different roles and require different levels of oversight. Depending on the document you need signed, you’ll need to know the differences between these two closely related roles.

To help you understand whether you’ll need a notary or not, we’ve put together a brief walkthrough of both signature guarantees and notarizations — starting with the importance of these witnesses in the overall scheme of things.

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