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May 24, 2020

Colorado Acknowledgment Wording

Colorado Acknowledgment Verbiage; Colorado Acknowledgment Form;

Below is the official Colorado Acknowledgment Wording. The word “seal” below refers to the notary’s official stamp. Please keep in mind that in a notarial context, a seal could mean a signature or a stamp depending on the situation.

State of Colorado
County of ________

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this ______ (date) by _________ (name of person acknowledged)

(seal)

____________________
Notary’s official signature
My commission expires: __________________

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May 20, 2020

Arkansas Acknowledgment Wording

Arkansas Acknowledgment Verbiage; Arkansas Acknowledgment Form;
Below is the official Arkansas Acknowledgment Wording. Please keep in mind that the seal should be affixed at the bottom of this form.

State of Arkansas
County of ______________
On this the___________ day of _________, 20 , before me, (__________name of notary), the undersigned notary, personally appeared ____________(name(s) of signer(s)) known to me (or satisfactorily proven) to be the person whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged that he/she/they executed the same for the purposes therein contained. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and official seal. ____________________________________ [Seal of Office] Signature of Notary Public My Commission expires:______

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May 14, 2020

Arizona Acknowledgment Wording

Arizona Acknowledgment Verbiage; Arizona Acknowledgment Form;

Below is the official Arizona Acknowledgment wording. Please keep in mind that the person doing the acknowledging is the signer and not the notary. The notary certifies the acknowledgment by virtue of filling out the Arizona Acknowledgment certificate form and stamping it and also (in most states) filling out a corresponding journal entry. The Notary seal should be affixed at the bottom of this form.

Acknowledgment for Individual

State of Arizona

County of _____________________

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this _________ day of ______________________, ____________, by _____________________________ (person).

_________________________________

NOTARY PUBLIC

Print Name: ______________________

My Commission Expires:

____________________

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April 17, 2020

Alaska Acknowledgment Wording

Here is the official Alaska Acknowledgment wording. Please keep in mind that Alaska has a network of boroughs and does not have official counties or parishes like other states.

State of Alaska

Judicial District (or County of ________________)

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this ____________ day of ___________, ________________ by ____________________________________________ (signing party) ___________________________________ (marital status).

____________________________________
Notary Public

Print Name __________________________
Serial Number, if any: _________________

My commission expires:

___________________

There is also something called Alaska Corporate Acknowledgment Wording which includes the capacity of the signer.

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April 11, 2020

California Assembly Bill 5 (2019) and how it affects Notaries

Filed under: California_Notary — admin @ 9:10 am

Someone emailed me about Assembly Bill 5 which is a California law currently. This bill limits the use of classifying subcontractors as independent contractors rather than classifying them as employees.

Employees are entitled to more labor protections such as sick leave, minimum wage, unemployment, workman’s comp, and more.

Companies such as Lyft, DoorDash, and Uber agreed to spend millions for a ballot initiative to oppose this bill.

As most bills that are socialist in nature, the premise is to “help” workers. But, the result is to make it very expensive and cumbersome to hire local workers. The advent of unions made it prohibitively expensive to hire domestic workers which resulted in lots of outsourcing. In the long run the unions did more harm than good for the workers. Assembly Bill 5 results in compromising American freedoms such as the right to form your own agreements and contracts with paid help. Many companies with particular business models will no longer have the freedom to decide whether to hire someone as a contractor or employee and face the risk of being penalized by the state.

So, how does this affect mobile notaries? Mobile notaries must now pass a strict level of qualifications to be considered independent contractors. They must meet all three conditions.

1. The worker is free from the control and direction of the hiring party in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of such work and in fact
2. The worker performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business
3. The worker is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as the work performed for the hiring entity

COMMENTARY
Title companies that hire notaries often hire more experienced notaries who do not need any hand holding. However signing companies are famous for micromanaging notaries, telling them what to do and how to do it, and requiring lots of fax backs. Signing companies are violating stipulation #1 in the list of requirements of having independent contractors. Additionally, signing agents, do signing work which is not outside the usual course of what a signing company does. That is their main type of work and not something outsourced like accounting or computer repair. As far as condition #3, most Notaries do Notary related work for many different hiring parties, so although they may or may not pass condition #1, definitely don’t pass #2, the will pass condition #3.

SUMMARY
Will this mean that Notaries in California can no longer function as signing agents without being put on payroll? Would this be good or bad? I think it is a disaster and this bill is another milestone in the end of American freedom and the onset of socialism or communism in America (boo). But, what if signing companies outside of California hire signing agents within California? Can the state of California still sue them or penalize them for not following local rules? Maybe companies will have to hire full time and part time on-call employees to do their bidding. There is a company in Missouri that already does this on their own free will — notice that I said free will. Forcing this business model on companies is just not nice. It might also be disastrous for the directory business.

On a brighter note, maybe most signing agents and signing companies will ignore this rule and not get into trouble. After all, to enforce this rule requires attorneys and they do not work for cheap.

Personally I feel this bill is intrusive, a violation of our freedoms, and counterproductive. It will lead to a lot of unemployment, poverty and misery all under the guise of wanting to make downtrodden people’s lives better by having lots of artificial restrictions on employment.

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March 31, 2020

DC acknowledgment wording

Below is the official “state specific” wording for DC Acknowledgments.

District of Columbia
This record was acknowledged before me on ____________ by _______________________ Date Name(s) of Individuals(s) making statement ____________________________________________________________ Signature of notarial Officer Seal [_______________________________________] Title of office [My commission expires: _______________________]

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March 20, 2020

Connecticut Acknowledgment wording

Below is the official Connecticut Acknowledgment Wording. The Notary must affix his/her stamp below the verbiage in this form to complete the notarial procedure.

State of Connecticut County of ______________ ss. (Town/City) On this the_____day of____________, 20____, before me, (name of notary) , the undersigned officer, personally appeared (name of individual or individuals), known to me (or satisfactorily proven) to be the person(s) whose name(s) (is or are) subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged that (he, she or they) executed the same for the purposes therein contained. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand. ______________________ Signature of Notary Public Date Commission Expires:_____________ ______________________ Printed Name of Notary

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January 31, 2020

Oaths need to be signed?

Filed under: California_Notary — admin @ 11:39 am

I have heard from my sources that Oaths, Affirmations and Depositions all need to be signed by the Notary in California. This is on page 28 in the 2019 handbook near the top of the page.

But, how do you sign an Oath? An Oath is given in thin air? Unless you have a certificate stating that you gave an Oath. Or if the Oath is part of a document that is signed by all parties. Hmm. This is very odd. I wonder if any of our members have ever signed an Oath. Most of our Notaries don’t even know how to give Oaths correctly. Please let me know.

BTW, there is suggested verbiage for Jurat Oaths in the 2019 handbook on page 12. You can improvise upon it as there is no official verbiage.

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December 3, 2019

California eNotary

Filed under: California_Notary — admin @ 6:02 am

There is a lot of talk about eNotarizations, especially in California. However, it is not currently legal for a Notary in California to do online notarizations. However electronic notarizations using a signature pad face to face with the signer are legal.

I heard from Carmen that California does not want to legalize online notarizations as there is too much of a risk of fraud. I am not sure how to verify this claim, but it makes sense as California has some of the highest notary standards for fraud deterance.

Read More.
https://www.sos.ca.gov/notary/customer-alerts/

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March 3, 2019

How many years is a notary term of office good for?

Filed under: (5) State specific — Tags: — admin @ 9:26 am

How many years is a notary commission valid for?

Here is some state specific information for how long a notary commission is good for. To get a notary commission, you must apply to your state. You generally must be a resident of the state you are applying for. But, in many cases, you can apply if you work in a particular state or are from a neighboring state. Many states allow for what we call “dual commissioning.” Ask your state in question if you can apply to be a notary public in their respective state.

The majority of states have a four year term, but a few states have a two, three, five, six year or longer term. Louisiana appoints Notaries for life without teaching them the ins and outs of the profession. Instead they learn about legal support work like estate planning. It just doesn’t add up.

Alabama – 4 years
Alaska – 4 years
Arizona – 4 years
Arkansas – 10 years
California – 4 years
Colorado – 4 years
Connecticut – 5 years
Delaware – 2 years
Washington DC – 5 years
Florida – 4 years
Georgia – 4 years
Hawaii – 4 years
Idaho – 6 years
Illinois – 4 years
Indiana – 8 years
Iowa – 3 years
Kansas – 4 years
Kentucky – 4 years
Louisiana – life sentence
Maine – 7 year term
Maryland – 4 years
Massachusetts – 7 years
Michigan – between 6 & 7 years ending on the Notary’s birthday.
Minnesota – 5 years
Mississippi – 4 years
Missouri – 4 years
Montana – 4 year term
Nebraska – 4 years
Nevada – 4 years
New Hampshire – 5 years
New Jersey – 5 years
New Mexico – 4 years
New York – 4 years
North Carolina – 5 years
North Dakota – 6 years
Ohio – 5 years
Oklahoma – 4 years
Oregon – 4 years
Pennsylvania – 4 years
Rhode Island – 4 years
South Carolina – 10 years
South Dakota – 6 years
Tennessee – 4 years
Texas – 4 years
Utah – 4 years
Vermont – 4 years
Virginia – 4 years
Washington – 4 years
West Virginia – 5 years
Wisconsin – 4 year term
Wyoming – 4 year term

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