Notary wording or notary verbiage varies from state to state. Each different type of notary act has its own type of notary verbiage. There is Jurat verbiage, Acknowledgment verbiage, and wording for many other types of notary acts as well. Jurat verbiage can vary from state to state, but the basic requirements are that the signer appeared before the notary on a particular date. The words subscribed and sworn to before me are always included in some shape or form. The top of the form should have a venue which includes the state and county. The signature of the notary is a requirement as well. Most states leave room for a notary stamp or seal as well although that can really vary.
State of California
County of San Francisco
Subscribed and sworn to before me on 10-02-2003 by John Doe.
Signature of notary Notary Seal
Printed Name of Notary
Above is a very typical type of Jurat verbiage. It is not official California notary verbiage. I made it up, but it resembles the verbiage in all states to a lesser or greater degree. You can use Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, or any other state’s Jurat Verbiage in California so long as the wording is not substantially different from California Notary Verbiage.
Many states have notary verbiage that includes words to cross out. You might see a he/she/they. In that case, just cross out two or the three options. If a single man appeared before you the notary to be notarized, just cross out the she and they.
Here is some sample Acknowledgment wording. It is not real, but you can visit the notary website of any state in the USA to see what the real wording looks like.
State of Texas County of Dallas
On 8-11-2010 before me John Doe, notary public, the foregoing document was acknowledged before me by Paul Solomon, who acknowledges signing the document in his/her/their capacity(ies).
Please keep mind that there are notarial certificates for each type of notary act. It is common to staple a Jurat certificate to a document that is having a jurat notarization done. It is a requirement to staple the loose certificate to the document otherwise it could be fraudulently attached to another document.
Learn the specifics of notary verbiage for various notary acts in your state by visiting the find a notary page on 123notary.com and clicking on the name of your state. Or just visit your state’s notary division.
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