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Notarial Services

signing a document

Acknowledgement

Ensures a signer’s identity and willingness to sign. Often used for documents about assets such as a loan contract or a deed.

Jurat

The signer takes an oath that the contents of a document are true. A jurat is often performed on legal documents like affidavits or depositions.

Oath or Affirmation

An oath is a pledge to a higher power and an affirmation is a pledge on the individual’s honor. Both can be a stand-alone act that isn’t part of a jurat.

Signature Witnessing

Certifies a signer’s identity and signature. The signer must sign the document in your presence.

Copy Certification

The document to be copied must be an original document. It cannot be a copy itself. Notaries are prohibited from certifying copies of documents whose true originals are vital or public records. These would include birth certificates, death certificates and marriage certificates. The originals of these documents reside with governmental entities such as county clerks or the state division of vital statistics. Only the governmental entity that holds the original public or vital record may produce certified copies.