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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 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.

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