1. DO NOT SIGN document until you are in the presence of the notary. 



    BUT DO NOT SIGN! Cannot Notarize incomplete documents!


3. If you have questions about how to complete the document, contact the person who drafted or requested the document. A Notary Public is unable to provide legal advice or assistance in the drafting and/or completion of documents.


4. Every signer must physically appear, be coherent and present acceptable ID at the time of notarization.  IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS -SEE BELOW


5. Original documents must be presented for all Copy Certification. Vital records (birth, death and marriage) cannot be notarized.


6. Know which Notary Certificate you need. Notary cannot give advice on which one to use.




All identification cards must be ORIGINAL, current or issued within the last 5 years, contain a photo, physical description, signature, and serial number. Identification procedures are mandated by the California Secretary of State. The following forms of identification are acceptable:


• California Driver's License

• Other States Driver’s License

• U.S. Military ID card

• California Identification Card

• Other State Identification Card

• U.S. Passport

• Foreign Passports Stamped by U.S. Customs

• Canada Driver’s License

• Mexico Driver's License

• Inmate ID card




This is the most frequent type of notarization. Acknowledging a document means that the properly identified signer personally appeared before the notary on the date & in the county indicated, that the signer either signed in front of the notary or acknowledged that s/he did indeed sign the document as well as acknowledging that the document was signed without coercion & that the signer is aware of the document’s contents.


The second most frequently used form , often called an affidavit, is a Jurat. The signer must personally appear before the notary & either swears or affirms to the truthfulness of the document & it’s contents, & sign in the presence of the notary.

Additional Forms


California Notaries do NOT have an Attorney's license to practice law and it is illegal for a Notary to give ANY form of legal advice.

The information on this site is for your general information only.

These forms are provided as a public service. It does NOT constitute legal advice.

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