Notary Public Blog of Sonita M. Leak, CNSA | Upcoming Safe-Deposit Drilling: Why a Notary Is Needed

So, with a new Fall Season, comes a new Safe-Deposit Box drilling.

When a party has either 1) lost the key or keys to, 2) has passed away (and I’m sure there are other circumstances that a safe-deposit box may have to be drilled), it is required to have the box drilled open by a professional, certified driller.

During the transactions, the purpose of the Notary Public is to witness the contents of the safe deposit box as it is being opened. Many states already require a notary, separate from the bank for safe deposit box openings. Due to changes in the law for banking regulation implemented within the last two years, it is now required for a notary to act as a witness for safe deposit box openings.

Should you have any questions about safe deposit box openings and if they require a Notary’s presence in your state, please refer to your state law. The names of the banks where the safe-deposit box drillings are performed will always be excluded from posts as to protect the identity of all requesting parties involved.

Post by State of South Carolina Notary Public Signing Agent and Owner of, Sonita M. Leak.


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