California Notary At Your Service!
What duties does a Notary perform? A Notary's duty is to screen the signers of important documents — such as property deeds, wills and powers of attorney — for their true identity, their willingness to sign without duress or intimidation, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction.
NOTARY KNOWLEDGE: ACKNOWLEDGMENT CERTIFICATE MADE EASY!
When you need to get a document notarized, it is your responsibility to let the Notary Public know which form you require. A Notary Public is unable, by law, to tell you which document you will need; so, always check with the party who issued the document to you for which form to use. The two most used form is the acknowledgement.
The purpose of an acknowledgement is for a signer, whose identity has been verified, to declare to a Notary that he or she has willingly signed a document; it requires the following steps:
1. The signer must physically appear before the Notary.
2. The Notary must positively identify the signer according to state rules (Driver's License, State ID, Passport, etc.).
3. The signer may either sign the document before appearing before the Notary, or in the Notary's presence.
4. The signer must declare (acknowledge) signing the document for its intended purpose.
A notary public verifies only the identity of the individual signing the document and not the truthfulness, accuracy or validity of the document.
The signer must be able to directly communicate with the Notary that he or she willingly signed the document. In California, the Notary and signer must be able to communicate in the same language, a translator is not permitted.