Notary Public Statement - Where Do I Find It?

 The notary public statement is normally included as a part of any document you will need to have notarized; but what if it's not?

The two most common types of notarial acts are:

  • acknowledgement
  • jurat

For an acknowledgment, you are acknowledging that you are signing the document in your authorized capacity. For example, if a document is required to be signed by the CEO of a company, the signer acknowledges that they are the CEO of the company.

For a jurat, you will take an oath, swearing to the truth and correctness of the document contents, and you also must sign the document in the presence of the notary public.

Both the acknowledgment and the jurat have specific notary public statements, which can vary, as these laws are set on a state by state basis. In most cases, notaries report to the Secretary of State for the state in which they operate. A notary public is required to follow the notary law in the state where they are commissioned, so it is not unusual for a notary to substitute the required notary wording for their respective state in executing your document.

Back to your document, at the end of the document, there should be some notary language that starts out:

State of________

County of ______

This signifies the beginning of the notary public statement, and then there will be a sentence or paragraph for the notary public to complete. You should not fill in any of the notary wording, as this must be done by the notary public. So far, so good; but what if your document just ends, and you've been told to have it notarized?

In this case, here are 4 options for you:

  1. Start with the originator of the document; the author of your document should be able to tell you what type of notary wording you need. A quick call to ask if the document needs an acknowledgment or a jurat will often clear up any questions.
  2. The document recipient may know what type of notary language is required, so this would be your second phone call.
  3. Consult an attorney, to ask their opinion of the type of notary act required by your document.
  4. You can simply choose an acknowledgment or jurat, based on your own knowledge.

A notary public will NOT be able to help you choose the notary public statement to use for your document or situation. This is considered "offering legal advice," which notaries are strictly prohibited from doing. Most notaries are prepared to attach the correct notary wording for the notary act required, so you will only need to know if you need an acknowledgment or a jurat, and the notary should be able to take it from there.


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