Hotline Tip: What Is The Required Wording In A Jurat Signature Line?

Within the Notary jurat wording, there is a signature line, underneath which it says “Name,” and then underneath that it says “Notary Public, State of _________,” followed by “My commission expires:_____.”

Why is it necessary to print the name of the Notary and other information that is already contained in my commission stamp? – A.A., Honolulu, HI

Many states require Notaries to ‘type, print or stamp below their signature (or in close proximity) the printed name of the Notary, the words, “Notary Public, State of _______” and their commission expiration date.’ However, the laws vary from state to state and some states do not allow all of this information to be included in the notarial seal. Hawaii requires the Notary to always add to an official signature the "typed or printed name of the Notary and a statement showing the date that the Notary's commission expires" (HRS 456-3). According to the Hawaii Attorney General's office, the name in the Notary seal does not suffice as the required "typed or printed name"; this name must be affixed apart from the seal. Even if the information is included in your notarial seal, it is customary to fill in the information when it is pre-typed below your signature.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. — The Editors


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