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Notary Jurat vs. Notary Acknowledgments: What are the Differences?

Updated: Jan 18



When you sign a document, it's important to understand the difference between Notary Jurat and Notary Acknowledgments. Notaries are public officers who have been appointed by the state to serve as impartial witnesses in performing notarial acts. For example, when you sign a document that says "signed and sworn" then this means that you took an oath that the statement or evidence is true- this is called a Notary Jurat.


When instead, if your signature on documentation says "acknowledged", then what you're doing is acknowledging that the signature or mark on the document is yours- this is called Notarizing an acknowledgment certificate. If you are notarizing a document that does not have a certificate, the notary may attach their own Certificate of Acknowledgment to the legal document.


- Notaries are public officers who can serve as impartial witnesses in performing notarial acts


- The most common type of notarization is when you sign a document and it says "signed and sworn"- this means you took an oath that the statement or evidence is true and this is called a Notary Jurat


- Another common type of notarization is when your signature on documentation says "acknowledged" which means you're acknowledging that the signature or mark on the document is yours- this is called Notarizing an acknowledgment certificate


- If you are notarizing a document and it does not have a certificate, the notary may attach their own Certificate of Acknowledgment to the legal document. For more information on Notary Acknowledgments and Notary Jurats, please visit our website!

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