Glossary of Terms About Notaries Why Become a Notary? How to Become a Notary How to Renew Your Notary Commission How to Become a Signing Agent What is Notarization Being a Public Official Stamp/Seal Information Notary Forms 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 Strange, Unusual and Bizarre Requests 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 10 Steps to a Flawless Loan Signing Answers to Questions Notary Signing Agents are Asking Today Being a Team Player in the Loan Closing Process New Law Update California New-Law Update Oregon New-Law Update Arkansas New-Law Update Notary Laws 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 How to Use Your Notary Seal Stamp Signing Agent Resources Non-Payment Issues Common Collection Terms Managing Your Collection Efforts Sample Collection Letters Signing Agent Tools Rescission Calendar Closing Disclosure ZipCode Locator / Driving Directions Signing Agent Pledge Card Privacy Tips Privacy/Security Self-Assessment Reference Library Model Notary Act Model Electronic Notarization Act Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility US Notary Reference Manual (members only) Certificate Forms (members only) State Law Summaries 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’).