Thursday, February 11, 2021

Black or Blue Ink? What color should I use to sign?

This is a question that I get asked a lot. You might think it doesn't matter and most times, it doesn't. However, there are times when it is imperative that you use a certain color...and no, red is never a choice! Never, ever, never!

Black or Blue Ink? Mortgage and loan packages usually, but not always, have a Notary Instruction Sheet and this is where I look before I allow my client to sign anything! Black is usually the color requested the most and while, of course, I will adhere to the guidelines issued by the bank or title company, in any signings I have that don't dictate a color, I use blue.

The reason why I choose blue is because documents are almost always printed in black and white. By using a blue pen, it assures that the document is original and not a copy. An attorney told me this, years ago, and it made sense to me. Plus, blue ink is my favorite :)

When you are about to put your signature on a document, it is important to see if there is a preferred, or even required, ink color. If you are unsure, ask your notary!


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