Notary Bulletin What If The Notary Certificate Has The Wrong Venue Information? By David Thun on August 27, 2014 in Hotline Tips I am a notary in PA. My firm recently submitted for a project in NJ. When I was given the document to notarize, it had already been filled out “County of ___________ in the State of NJ.” How am I supposed to fill this out? — A.B., Philadelphia, PA If that language is in the notarial wording you are asked to fill in, then you can correct the information by lining through “New Jersey,” writing in “Pennsylvania” and initialing and dating your correction. Make sure to insert in the blank the name of the county in which you are performing the notarial act. 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 David Thun is an Associate Editor at 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 11 Comments Add your commentBrenda G. Postert01 Sep 2014I need a certificate of completion of the Notary Signing Exam and a certificate of having had a criminal history report done thru NNAlsherden03 Sep 2014Hello Brenda, Our Customer Care team should be able to assist you with this. You can reach them at 800-876-6827 or Services@nationalnotary.org.cora davis02 Sep 2014Good infoLilla03 Sep 2014I am a Notary in the state of California. Can I use an acknowledgment that just says Acknowlegdment versous one that says California All-Purpose Certificate of AcnowledgmentNational Notary Association03 Sep 2014Hello Lilla, Thank you for your question. The acknowledgment certificate wording must exactly match the language prescribed in CA Civil Code 1189(a) if the document is being filed in California. If the certificate wording is different from the language in the statute, you may not use it unless the document is being filed outside of California. The certificate wording must not ask you to determine or certify anything that is not allowed under California Notary law.John Clark14 Oct 2014If I complete a notary signing, and later find out that the signer was a cheat, what am I supposed to do about it?National Notary Association15 Oct 2014Hello John, If you suspect illegal activity took place during a notarization, you may wish to report it to local law enforcement and your state Notary-regulating office. Claudia Silverwood14 Oct 2014Is there an easy way to explain why I cannot "personnaly know" someone that I know well? I find this to be one of the most difficult things that I do because a lot of my acknowledgements are from home office which is out of state. I end up saying it's a California Notary law. Sometimes they get quite irritated.National Notary Association15 Oct 2014Hi Claudia, California changed its Notary laws in 2008 and 2009 to prohibit Notaries from using personal knowledge of a signer as proof of identity. Every principal signer may now only be identified through satisfactory evidence as listed under Civil Code 1185(b).Ellen Byng14 Oct 2014When I have been presented with an Acknowledgement from another state with information filled in I usually put a line through it, initial and attach an All Purpose Acknowledgement. 2 Reasons; wrong state, county and wording is not correct as to identifying the signer.Elizabeth Long14 Oct 2014Very timely posting. Thank you for sharing!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.