Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: Can I Notarize A Document Describing A New Invention? By Kelle Clarke on May 07, 2014 in Hotline Tips A customer came in with a handwritten document stating that he had created a new product and containing a short, detailed description of the item he created. He asked to have the document notarized. Am I authorized to do so? — C.N., Spokane, WA Yes, you can certainly notarize this document. In order to notarize such a document you must have three elements present: The Statement: The customer is making a statement regarding a new product in this situation, but it really is not the concern of the Notary to go into the detail of the customer’s statement. The Signature: The customer must provide his signature. The Certificate: You need a notarial certificate such as an acknowledgment or jurat to accompany the document. With handwritten statements, the notarial certificate element is what is often missing. If that is the case, simply ask the customer whether they would like an acknowledgment or jurat, and then attach whichever certificate the customer chooses. Keep in mind that the decision over which type of certificate to use must always come from the signer, not the Notary. 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 Kelle Clarke is a Contributing Editor with the National Notary Association. Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call (888) 876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Email Share 4 Comments Add your commentDianne D. Carter12 Aug 2014I have yet to see a signer who knows whether they need a jurat or acknowledgment...I would be interested to hear others' comments.Ahmad Tariq Urfanzada12 Aug 2014Actuly notary public can't read the contain of the document. Notary public only Check her or his ID's and sign in the present of notary public.June Benson12 Aug 2014If it were up to me, I would attach a jurat, give him the oath and, of course, fingerprint him---it might deter a fraudulent signing.Don Wilkins13 Aug 2014In response to Dianne Carter, I do as was explained above -- explain the two certificates and let them choose. They usually opt for the jurat, even though in most cases the acknowledgment would work.Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.