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NY is strange ...
Posted by BobbiCT of CT on 10/30/23 9:44am Msg #647079
I don't have the exact cite handy anymore. Reading the NY law and regulations it's that any PRINTED text as part of the document (including handwritten notes or fill-in-the blanks) must be in black ink. The law doesn't state a signature must be in blue ink; i.e., fill-in-the-blanks in a document, complete notarization certificate, and date in black ink then signer, any witnesses and notary are allowed to sign in blue ink. LOL under your signature when you print your name that must be in black ink.

My reading the law and speaking with various attorneys personal education goes back many years when I was giving NY-MA-CT notarial talks to various interstate businesses. A few years later a number of NY notaries and I were attending an XYZ conference with a session on NY notarization law given by a sweet, young XYZ employee, who read straight from the XYZ handbook that SIGNATURES on NY documents must be in black ink. We quietly gasped, then politely pointed out her error regarding signatures. She disagreed. During the break we spoke with her (a few of us brought our copies of various laws, thinking we would learn something new, for reference and we'd never seen the XYZ NY handbook), told her which areas to read; she left the room. After the break when she came back and noted to the attendees that she "misspoke before" and "NY signatures could be in black or blue".

Bottom line: If it's NY, it's easier to do everything in black ink than deal with a "clerk" or "check the box reviewer" who doesn't understand the distinction. LOL I worked with many NY attorneys who would sign their own name or have the notary sign in blue ink, particularly when differentiating the original signed or initialed pages from photocopies was very important.
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 Blue Ink or Black Ink -  Yoli/CA on 10/27/23 10:59am
 Don't think they bother to read their own instructions. n/m - Lee/AR on 10/27/23 11:07am
 Re: Blue Ink or Black Ink - SteveS/CA on 10/27/23 2:27pm
 There are still a few states that require black in, NY is -  MW/VA on 10/29/23 11:30am
 Re: There are still a few states that require black in, NY is - Clem/CA on 10/29/23 12:17pm
 Re: There are still a few states that require black in, NY is - jnew on 10/29/23 2:17pm
 Re: There are still a few states that require black in, NY is - jojo_MN on 10/30/23 3:30pm
 Re: There are still a few states that require black in, NY is -  JanetK_CA on 10/30/23 7:03pm
 NY is strange ... - BobbiCT on 10/30/23 9:44am
 Re: NY is strange ... -  JanetK_CA on 10/30/23 7:08pm
 Re: There are still a few states that require black in, NY is - VT_Syrup on 10/31/23 6:33am
 Thanks. I'm thinking it's not about the signature. n/m -  MW/VA on 10/31/23 8:16am
 I've done some transactions for NY & they required black ink n/m -  MW/VA on 10/29/23 5:23pm
 Re: I - Clem/CA on 10/30/23 8:12am
 Re: I...Clem - Linda_H/FL on 10/30/23 8:56am
 Re: I...Clem - Clem/CA on 10/30/23 4:56pm
 Re: Blue Ink or Black Ink - Cynthia Bixby on 10/29/23 4:56pm
 Re: Blue Ink or Black Ink - jojo_MN on 10/30/23 3:25pm
 Re: Blue Ink or Black Ink - Leo_FL on 10/31/23 7:11am

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