Notary Home Study Course


 

 


It is important to reiterate that the document signer must always appear before the notary at the time of notarization and the notary act is to be completed in the presence of the document signer. This means that the notary is required to completely fill out the proper verbaige for the document before the document signer leaves the presence of the notary.

California is very specific regarding notarial wording, so you will need to be able to recognize proper California notary wording. Most of the time, notarial wording is already printed on the document to be notarized, but If the proper wording is not already on the form, then the notary must add the proper wording either directly on the form or as an separate attachment.

First, let's become familiar with proper notary verbaige for California acknowledgments and jurats, then we can look at an example of a form with notarial wording already present.

Proper acknowledgment verbiage

Effective January 2006, California Acknowledgments must be in the following format!

STATE OF _________                                                                

COUNTY OF  __________________                                           

On ____________________  before me, ________________________________________                                                                       
personally appeared  ________________________________________________________  personally  known to me (or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence) to be the person(s) whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same in his/her/their authorized capacity(ies), and that by his/her/their signature(s) on the instrument the person(s), or the entity upon behalf of which the person(s) acted, executed the instrument.                            
 
WITNESS my hand and official seal.                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                    
__________________________________                                                                                    
           (SIGNATURE OF NOTARY)


How to fill out an acknowledgment

(The state and county is referred to as the "venu" and denotes where the document signer personally appeared in the presence of the notary when the notary act was completed)

STATE OF __CA______                                                                

COUNTY OF  (Name of County in which the notary act occurred)                                            

On (Date of Notary Act)  before me, (Notary’s name as on the commission  ),“Notary Public”                                                                                                       (Name/Title, Notary Public)
Personally appeared  (Name of person(s) acknowledging their signatures at the time of notarization)  personally  known to me (or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence) to be the person(s) whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same in his/her/their authorized capacity(ies), and that by his/her/their signature(s) on the instrument the person(s), or the entity upon behalf of which the person(s) acted, executed the instrument.    

(The notary must indicate the proper singular or plural forms above as well as provide an indication of the proper pronouns) 
 
WITNESS my hand and official seal.                                                                                                                                                                                             
(Notice that your signature is placed underneath this phrase, not just anywhere on the document)                                     
__________________________________                     (Notary Seal)                                                                 
           (SIGNATURE OF NOTARY)