Your Cookies are Disabled! sets cookies on your computer to help improve performance and provide a more engaging user experience. By using this site, you accept the terms of our cookie policy. Learn more.

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.


Add your comment


12 May 2015

Please display what a loose certificate looks like or should look like.

National Notary Association

12 May 2015

Hi Sally. You can see some pictures of sample loose certificates at

Leave a Comment

Required *

All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.