Glossary of Terms About Notaries What is Notarization Being a Public Official Notary History Notaries and Notarios Glossary of Terms Notary Links News & Information Notary Bulletin The National Notary Magazine Webinars Commonly Asked Questions How to Administer Oaths and Affirmations Powers of Attorney and Attorneys in Fact - What Does A Notary Need to Know? Strange, Unusual and Bizarre Requests What Every Notary Should Know About Errors & Omissions Insurance ID Fraud — A Notary Trap The Names in The Document and Identification Don't Match The Importance of Personal Appearance Understanding Notary Certificates and Seals: Vital Notary Know-How Signature by Mark Sorry Boss... No Can Do! How to Complete a Journal Entry How to Use Credible Witnesses Acknowledgments and Jurats - What's the Difference? How to ID in a Multi-Cultural World Signing Agent Branding Your Signing Agent Business NSA State of the Industry 2012 10 Steps to a Flawless Loan Signing New Proposed Mortgage Disclosures NSAs Need to Know About Answers to Questions Notary Signing Agents are Asking Today Why Notary and Business Records Are Vital for NSAs Being a Team Player in the Loan Closing Process Confidently Identify Loan Documents That Need Notarization Tracking Emerging Trends Affecting NSAs Navigating Notary Financial Liability How to Detect and Prevent Real Property Fraud How to Avoid Costly Signing Process Errors and Build Loyalty with Your Clients How Proposed Changes to Federal Regulations Affect Your Daily Operations How to Detect and Defeat Fraud: The Secrets of Proper Identification 10 Standards of Care Every Signing Agent Must Follow How to Complete Notarial Certificates Right the First Time Avoiding Costly Signing Mistakes New Law Update California New-Law Update 2012 Oregon New-Law Update Arkansas New-Law Update Iowa New-Law Update Connecticut New-Law Update Colorado New-Law Update Law Updates Special Reports Law Review Articles NNA Annual Conference Social Media Press Center Tips and Tutorials Administer an Oath Correct a Certificate Determine if ID is Acceptable Determine if Blank Spaces Acceptable Fix Bad Seal Impressions Avoid Unauthorized Practice of Law Handle Name Discrepancies Notarize Foreign Language Documents Notarize Wills Signing Agent Resources Non-Payment Issues Common Collection Terms Managing Your Collection Efforts Sample Collection Letters Signing Agent Tools Rescission Calendar ZipCode Locator / Driving Directions Signing Agent Pledge Card Title Company Directory Privacy Tips Reference Library Model Notary Act Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility US Notary Reference Manual (members only) Certificates and Forms (members only) Some commonly used notarial terms and abbreviations: Acknowledgment: A notarial act in which a Notary positively identifies a willing document signer who personally appears before the Notary. Affirmation: A spoken, solemn promise made on personal honor to tell the truth. Apostille: A certificate of authority that authenticates a notarial act on a document sent to another country. Journal: An official recordbook of notarizations performed by a Notary Public. Jurat: A notarial act in which a person signs a document in the presence of a Notary and then swears or affirms to the Notary that the contents of the document are true. Notary Public: A state-appointed individual who serves the public as an impartial witness to the signing of documents, among other duties. Oath: A spoken, solemn promise to a deity to tell the truth. Signing Agent: A Notary who specializes in loan document assignments, performing courier duties for loan packages as well as notarizing the borrower’s signature on loan documents. Sometimes referred to as a “Notary Signing Agent” or “NSA.” ‘SS’: An abbreviation on a notarial certificate that indicates where the venue information should be entered. Short for ‘scilicet’ (Latin for ‘in particular’ or ‘namely’).