Notary verbiage varies from state to state, but where do you get your forms? A serious notary needs to have forms with their state’s Acknowledgment verbiage and Jurat wording at a minimum. Some will go so far as to get forms for Certified Copies of Power of Attorney if their sate allows for that as well as Copy Certification by Document Custodian. Acknowledgment Wording varies across state lines, and so does Jurat verbiage. The National Notary Association sells forms for most if not all states as well as E&O insurance, bonding, journals and everything else that you could possibly need! How is that for one-stop shopping.
Out of state Notary verbiage & Notary wording
What if you are a California Notary Public and you are given a form with Texas Notary wording. Can you notarize it? If the wording is not “substantially” different, you can. The critical part is that it says the venue, the date of the notarization, who the signer(s) is/are, the fact that they appeared before you and signed the document, etc. Any state’s Notary wording will include those basic facts. The Jurat wording basically says that the document was “subscribed and sworn to before me” and then includes a date of the notary act. Basically, each different state has a different way of saying the same thing.
Out of county Notary verbiage?
If you are a California Notary Public and confronted with Taiwanese Notary wording or Chinese Notary rules, you might be in for a case of “conflict of interest”. You might be asked to stamp the document WITHOUT attaching a Jurat form and without any Notary wording whatsoever. Talk about culture shock! I remember teaching English to Chinese people. I tried to teach them the expression, “I’m out of town”. They kept saying, “Sorry, I can’t come to dinner — I’m out of city”. But, what about being “out of (the) country!” in your notary public boiler plate wording or lack of it thereof? California notaries and NY notaries get more of the international requests than any other states, so be on your notarial toes!
(1) Notary verbiage varies from state to state, make sure your forms have the correct wording!
(2) If you are a California Notary & given a form w/Texas wording, can you notarize it?
(3) The Taiwan embassy asked a CA notary to stamp a form w/o notary verbiage! Illegal for us; Legal for them!
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Notary verbiage varies from state to state