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Hotline Tip: Understanding The 'SS' On An Acknowledgment

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On the right hand side of the acknowledgment certificate, there is a field designated as “ss.” What does this mean, and what type of information should go there? Or should I leave that area blank? – R.B., Newton, NC

The NNA Hotline receives this question often, so you’re not the only one to question what the letters “SS” or “SCT,” which sometimes appear after the venue, actually mean. They are abbreviations of the Latin word scilicet, meaning “in particular” or “namely.” It is something you shouldn’t be concerned with, and you do not need to put any information there. You do, of course, need to include the state and/or county venue where the notarization took place, as indicated on the certificate.

Kelle Clarke is a Contributing Editor with the National Notary Association.

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

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Lloyd Smith

11 Nov 2014

thank you for the ss definition I always wondered what the title company was looking for.

Delores Capers-Harper

12 Nov 2014

I am glad to see the definition of (ss) what it meant

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