SIGNATURE BOOK. Each bank office should keep this book up to date. It should contain a specimen signature of each cus tomer, whether current account or deposit, at the office. The customer should sign his full name, and also his usual signature and his initials, and enter his address and occupation. The book should be carefully indexed, so that any specimen may be found without delay. If the book is not actually signed by the customer, the speci men may be obtained on a slip of paper which can be pasted into the book. The signatures may be numbered consecutively, and the numbers placed against Lhe cor responding names in the ledger, which will enable a ledger keeper to turn up a specimen, with very little delay, whenever he requires to verify a signature.
Specimen signatures may be kept on the' card index system, a separate card being used for each signature and the cards sorted in strict alphabetical order. On this system
any specimen can be rapidly found, and specimens which are no longer required can be removed.
In many cases it may be found that a signature has altered from the specimen obtained, probably years ago, and a fresh specimen should be got whenever any variation occurs, either from an improve ment or other change in the customer's writing.
When a customer is signing the book or card it is advisable to point out to him the desirability of always signing his cheques or other bank documents in accordance with the specimen given.
A separate signature book in scrap-book form is kept by some banks, in which the specimen signatures received from other banks of their authorised officials are pasted. (See SIGNATURE.)