In order for a document to be notarized, there must be a notary certificate with the document. While some documents will already have the notary certificate attached, others won't. There is even a chance that the certificate on the document won't be California-compliant. Notaries will have copies of the certificates that can be attached to your document in case this situation arises.
The two most commonly used Notary certificates are the acknowledgment and the jurat. If your document does not have a notary certificate, it's a good idea to understand the difference between the two before meeting your Mobile Notary. Notaries are not attorneys and therefore can't advise on which certificate to use.
This certificate is used to verify the identity of the signer and that they willingly signed the document . It can be signed ahead of time. The Mobile Notary will check the signer's valid ID and confirm they are the person signing the document. If document was signed ahead of time, the notary will ask the signer if they signed it voluntarily. California has strict laws regarding the content of this form, and it must comply with the CA Civil Code section 1189. Here you can print the certificate direct from the CA Secretary of State website.
This certificate is used when the signer must swear that the content of the document to be notarized is true. The Mobile Notary will ask the signer to raise their right hand and say, "Do you swear that this document is true?" The signer will say, "Yes" and then sign the document. It must be signed in front of the notary. If the signer accidently signs it ahead of time, the notary will ask the signer to cross out the signature and sign it again. California has strict laws regarding the content of this form, and it must comply with CA Civile Code section 8202. Here you can print the certificate direct from the CA Secretary of State website.
It is common for some documents to be sent from another state. In these cases, the notary certificates will not always be compliant with California law. Out-of-state jurats are never accepted. Out-of-state acknowledgements can be used as long as they don't violate California law. If the Notary states that it violates California law, they will write on the certificate, "see attached notary certificate" and then use a loose certificate to attach to your document.
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