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California Acknowledgments & California Jurats
Notary laws are often based on antiquated social customs and laws. Many notary laws in Louisiana are based on the old Spanish and French laws which make it extremely different from the rest of the United States. Louisiana is sort of a foreign country controlled by our government. The language is English, but the laws are not. California notary law used to have some old rules too for identifying a signer.
In olden times, people lived in smaller communities, traveled less, and had less access to the outside world. In those days you knew your neighbors and knew them well. California notary laws and laws in many states allowed a notary to use personal knowledge of an individual as a way to identify them for a notarization. But, in 2011 with people flying all around, and nobody really knowing anyone, you can not really use personal knowledge as an identifying technique anymore. People don’t even know their wives and children that well these days! After 9/11, the laws changed in many states. It took a few years for the state governments to react, but standards for identification were raised. You can still identify signers using credible witnesses which I feel is false identification. The credible witnesses don’t really usually know the signer that well, and have to be reminded of the signer’s name in many cases. The most common form of identification is a driver’s license, state ID card, or password.
In any case, California notary laws for identifying a signer for an acknowledged signature are tougher now that personal knowledge is not allowed. But, signers also need to be identified for Jurats which never used to be the case. In the last few years, the California notary wording or California notary Verbiage for Acknowledgment and Jurat forms has changed a little bit as well.
Oaths and Affirmations in California have now become a merged act. You just choose whether you want it to be an affirmation or oath in the paperwork.
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