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August 25, 2013

California Notary Jurat Needed, but Florida Jurat Wording?

California Notary Jurat with Florida Jurat Wording!

A Notary in Glendale, CA received a request to notarize a document with a Jurat. The problem was that the Jurat wording was Florida Jurat Wording and not California Jurat wording. The notary became very confused and didn’t know what to do. So, he went to look up this issue in his Notary Law Primer.

He learned that just as long as the Jurat verbiage was not substantially different from California Jurat verbiage that it would be okay. The Florida Jurat verbiage was slightly different, but basically said the same thing — the signer whose name was “xyz” appeared before the notary and took an Oath…

So, this California Notary Public went ahead and notarized the documents, did the sworn Oath, and all was well. California Notary Jurat Verbiage was not so different from Florida Notary Jurat Verbiage after all. My personal gripe is that the wording, “Subscribed and sworn to” doesn’t really indicate what the signer is actually swearing to — Oath wording is up to the notary which doesn’t seem like a great idea to me! Maybe I should write to the California Notary Division about that!


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