Starting January 1st, 2015, notarization certificates must have a consumer notification at the top of the certificate. This mandatory notification must be added to all acknowledgments, jurats, and proofs of executions. Failure to make these changes to the notarization certificate would make the notarization invalid and in risk to be rejected.
This is the new consumer notification that needs to be added to the certificates:
“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.”
According to the National Notary Association this new consumer notification “seeks to reduce fraud by letting consumers know that the Notary’s seal and signature do not authenticate or endorse the contents of a document. The legislation’s sponsors wanted to make sure that people unfamiliar with a Notary’s duties would not be more inclined to trust a fraudulent document simply because it was notarized.”
To know more about this mandatory change for notarization certificates click the following links from the National Notary Association website:
- Five Things You Need To Know About The New CA Notary Certificate Wording: (https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2014/12/five-things-know-new-ca-wording)
- Analysis of the CA Senate Bill 1050: https://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/news/law-updates/ca-senate-bill-1050
CLICK HERE to see a sample of the new notarization certificate.