Notarial Certificates

   Effective January 1, 2008, a notary-related bill was signed into law stating that all documents requiring an acknowledgment that will be filed in California must contain the exact wording shown in the acknowledgment section below. Documents that will be filed out of state may use that states wording, as long as the wording complies with that states laws. However, if a Jurat is to be used, the exact wording under the Jurat section must always be used, regardless of the State/Country the document will be filed in.
   You can feel free to copy and paste the sample wordings below, however please note that a Notary Public legally can NOT choose which type of Certificate the document requires. You will need to contact your Documents Issuing Agency, Receiving Agency, or Attorney to help you decide which wording you'll need.

California All-Purpose Acknowledgment (CA Civil Code Section 1189)

State of California
County of Los Angeles
On _________________, _______ before me,__________________________, Notary Public, personally appeared __________________________________________________________ who proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person(s) whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same in his/her/their authorized capacity(ies), and that by his/her/their signature(s) on the instrument the person(s), or the entity upon behalf of which the person(s) acted, executed the instrument.
I certify under PENALTY OF PERJURY under the laws of the state of California that the foregoing paragraph is true and correct.
WITNESS my hand and official seal


Jurat (CA Gov't Code 8202)

State of California 
County of _______________ 

Subscribed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me on this _____ day of ____________, 20___, by____________________________________________________, proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person(s) who appeared before me.


A Notary Public is NOT an attorney and, therefore, cannot give legal advice about immigration or any other legal matters.
Legally, we may not charge more than $10 per signature.