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California Notary Acknowledgement – Individual

The California notary acknowledgement for an individual is a certificate completed by a notary public that validates the signature of a document signer. The certificate may be used for one (1) or more individuals acting in their own capacity or on the behalf of an entity they represent. Upon the personal appearance of the signer(s) before the notary public, the notary must determine their identitiy(ies) either by review of a valid form of identification, by the oath made by a single credible witness who is personally known to the notary, or by the oaths made by two (2) credible witnesses who are not known to the notary After the individuals have been identified, the notary will ask them to acknowledge the provided signatures. Lastly, the notary will complete the process by executing the acknowledgement certificate.

Laws – § 1189



A notary public or other officer completing this certificate verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document to which this certificate is attached, and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of that document.


State of California
County of ______________


On ______________ before me, ____________________________ (insert name and title of the officer), 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.


Signature ____________________________.           (Seal)