Acknowledgment or Jurat?
It’s as easy as ‘Form A’ or ‘Form B’
Which certificate, acknowledgment or jurat?
The acknowledgement is the most commonly used form in notary services, and often, documents that require notarization will already have this verbiage printed on them. However, sometimes the verbiage provided may be incorrect according to California standards, or it may not be provided at all. In such cases, it is important to recognize the correct verbiage and fill it out accordingly.
The California Acknowledgment form can be found here: https://www.sos.ca.gov/notary/acknowledgments.
Purpose of the acknowledgment
It doesn’t matter when or where the signer signed the document, even if it was 15 years ago. The signer must provide a valid ID to confirm their identity and declare that they signed the document. After verifying the signer’s identity and affirmation, the notary proceeds with the acknowledgment. The notary fills out the acknowledgment certificate with current information, including the date the signer appeared before the notary, the county where the notarization took place, and other required details.
Documents that may request acknowledgments.
- Grant Deeds
- Quitclaim Deeds
- Deeds of Trusts
- Certifications of Trust
- Declarations of Trusts
- Powers of Attorney
- HIPAA Waivers
- Advance Health Care Directives
- Compliance Agreements
The Jurat is the second most common type of notary certificate. It is usually used for “sworn statements” or “affidavits.” As a notary, it is essential to become familiar with the proper jurat wording, which can be identified by the words “subscribed and sworn.” Jurats provided by other agencies may not comply with California’s standards and may be incorrect or incomplete, requiring the correct wording to be added.
You can find the California Jurat here: https://www.sos.ca.gov/notary/jurats
Purpose of the jurat
Requirements of the jurat
Affirmation: “Do you solemnly affirm that the statements in this document are true to the best of your knowledge and belief?”
Oath: “Do you solemnly swear that the statements in this document are true to the best of your knowledge and belief, so help you God?”
Documents that may request jurats.
- Sworn Statement
- True and Accurate
- Copy of Vital Records (Birth, Marriage, School, Etc)
- Occupancy Affidavits
- Name Affidavits
- Affidavit of Death of
- Joint Tenants
- Affidavit of Death of Trustee