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Notary Bulletin

Hotline Tip: What Is A Loose Certificate?

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesA loose certificate is a notarial certificate that is contained on a separate sheet of paper and is not part of the original document. It is attached — usually stapled — to the document’s signature page. It’s used when:

  • No notarial wording is provided on the document.
  • The provided certificate wording doesn’t comply with state requirements.
  • There is no room for the seal on the document.
  • The preprinted certificate has already been used by another Notary.

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