What Are Some Examples of Notary Verbiage?


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Examples of notary verbiage include "This instrument was acknowledged before me on (date) by (name of signer)" for an acknowledgement, and "This instrument was signed and sworn to before me on (date) by (name of signer)" for a jurat. Notaries public can also witness a signature.

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Notaries public can also provide certified copies of documents if they work in the office where the original documents are on file. The verbiage to certify a copy of a document is "On this (date), I attest that the preceding or attached document is a true, exact, complete, and unaltered photocopy made by me of (description of document) presented to me by the document's custodian, and, to the best of my knowledge, that the photocopied document is neither a public record nor a publicly recordable document, certified copies of which are available from an official source other than a notary public."

The Secretary of State commissions notaries public. The notaries public must be impartial agents when they witness writings and signatures, and they take oaths to support the Constitution of the United States, to support the constitutions of their states, and to faithfully discharge the duties of their offices. Notaries public protect against fraud because signers must be physically present in front of notaries public before the notaries public can lawfully notarize the documents. Signers must sign the documents willfully and freely, and notaries public verify this with their notarizations.

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