Just as a person’s identification photos change over time, so too does his/her signature. While aging and the passing of time can explain the difference between real life and a 10 year old passport photo, the same reasoning cannot be used to explain the changes that a signature can undertake over the years. Many clients do not realise just how much their signature has evolved over the years, with numerous subtle changes made to it over a prolonged length of time. Abbreviations might creep in, and middle names are often dropped in order to save time when signing. If this applies to you, when signing documents before a Notary Public it might be necessary for the Notary to request you to demonstrate your original signature for verification. This is often easier said than done, as small changes made over a period of years can easily build up to result in a very different signature. This can make it hard for the client to replicate the original. In some cases, it may also be necessary for you to provide at least one form of photo identification that contains the contrasting signature. It is also important to use your full legal name on documents to be notarised. This is the name used on your main Identity Document which is usually your passport and/or National Identity Card.
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