Notarial Certificate

A Notarial Certificate is a written statement signed by a notary public testifying to a valid signature.

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Many legal documents require notarization, including the will, trust, power of attorney, or advanced directive. If that is the case, the form will also bear the signature of the notary public.

Any such templates would have an allocated space for a notary public's signature and stamp. If the area is too small for a notary public's seal or signature, said notary public could resort to the use of a Notarial Certificate.

What Is a Notarial Certificate?

The Notarial Certificate is a confirmation that a document has been properly signed and notarized, including a testament to the signer or signers' identity. In accompaniment is the notary public's certification of the document's content to be what it appears to be, such as not aimed to deceive.

There are several types of Notarial Certificates to fit the occasions, of which the two most common are Acknowledgement and Jurat.

An Acknowledgement Notarial Certificate serves to confirm the identity of the signer or signers. In contrast, a Jurat Notarial Certificate also includes a declaration that the document is accurate to the signatory's best knowledge. It bears the weight of an affidavit, for which intentional prevarication can lead to a charge of perjury.

Other Names for Notarial Certificate

Depending on your state, a Notarial Certificate may also be known as:

  • Certification of Signature
  • Notary Certificate
  • Jurat Certificate
  • Acknowledgment Certificate

Who Needs a Notarial Certificate?

A licensed notary public would need to use Notarial Certificates. It may also come to pass that a person would need to prepare their Notarial Certificate for use by a notary public on hire.

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What Information Will I Need to Create My Notarial Certificate?

To create your document, please provide:

  • Name of the Signer: The legal name of the person signing the document
  • Venue: The state and county where the notarization is to take place
  • Date: The date the notary certificate is to be executed
  • Body: All relevant information regarding the notarial act
  • Notary Public's Signature: A space reserved for the particular notary public's signature
  • Notary Public Seal: Similar to the above except for the notary public's seal

Notarial Certificate Terms

  • Notary Seal: An ink stamp further officiating a notary public's signature.
  • Affidavit: A sworn statement under oath that can be used as evidence.
  • Venue: In the context of a Notarial Certificate, this is the venue, including the state and county, where the notarization occurs.
  • Veracity: A testament to the truth.
  • Perjury: The criminal charge for supplying false information under oath.
  • Affirmation: A formal declaration of the honesty (see above) of a statement or document.

Notarial Certificate Signing Requirements

As mentioned, the Notarial Certificate is to be used by a notary public only when in the act of notarization, according to a notary public's best judgment about the signer(s) and the document of concern.

What to Do with Your Notarial Certificate?

After you have generated your Notarial Certificate on 360 Legal Forms, you can download it. Save it to your hard drive and print out as many copies as needed for the use of a notary public, who for every Notarial Certificate issued is to make an entry in their notary journal, which may also record the identity of the signer(s) and the date and fee collected.

Frequently Asked Questions

A loose or separate Notarial Certificate is what has been described in this write-up thus far. It is a Notarial Certificate separate and apart from the original document to be notarized. A notary public would have these certificates on hand (and it may be the reason you are getting yours) and he or she may staple one or more certificates to a document being notarized. Besides a lack of space on the original document, a Notarial Certificate can also be used to accommodate additional statements about the act of notarization.

No, it is not one’s social security number more commonly abbreviated as SSN. On a Notarial Certificate, SS is short for Scilicet, Latin for "in particular" or "namely," in reference to the venue of the certificate issuance. It may interest you to learn that a Notarial Certificate is valid without the SS section filled out.

Notary publics abide by the rules and oath of the trade, for which a violation could lead to a revocation of the license. For one, a notary public is expected to recuse him or herself when there is an apparent conflict of interest. A notary public does not notarize a blank document or alter a document in any fashion after the act of notarization.

Generally, this is not something that a notary public does, as any notary public worth his or her salt would be able to summon another warm body to bear witness to the signature or signatures that he or she is to notarize. While there is not an explicit prohibition, it could easily fall into the category of conflict of interest when one is the notary public of record for the same document.

This is not in the purview of notaries public in most states except for Florida, Maine, Nevada, and South Carolina. Of course, this is available by choice and the notary public would have to fulfill the requirements specific to a state.

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