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Hotline Tip: What Does 'SS' Mean On A Notarial Certificate?

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesWhat does the “SS” I see on some notarial certificate wording mean? For example:

State of ________

County of ________ (SS)

— W.J., Nashville, Tennessee

The “SS” stands for the Latin term “scilicet” which means "in particular" or "namely" and simply indicates where the venue information on a certificate is located. You do not have to mark anything or fill in any additional information on the “SS” designation itself. Completing the areas marked "State of ________" and "County of _________" with the location where the notarization takes place is where you enter the necessary information for the venue portion of certificate wording.


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15 Feb 2019

Very helpful Trying to fill out estate papers.. very difficult


08 Oct 2020

This does not apply to CA notaries does it? I can simply attach a CA notarial certificate?

National Notary Association

09 Oct 2020

Hello. As described above, the letters "ss" on a certificate simply indicate where the venue information is located on a Notary certificate.

Genilza de Amorim

14 Aug 2021

Very helpful, thank you very much

Ninoska Franco

08 Apr 2022

Very helful.


19 May 2023

Hi, you have a word omitted in this Hotline Tip. “You do not have mark anything or fill in any additional information on the “SS” designation itself.” You do not have TO mark anything… Thank you for the info in the Hot Tip!

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