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Answers To Quiz: Confusing Notarial Certificates


1. D. You should never complete a notarization with wrong information in the notarial wording. In this case, the Notary has two options. The first is to cross out the wrong venue information, write in the correct location where the notarization is taking place, and initial and date the correction on the certificate. The second option is to complete a new, loose notarial certificate with the correct venue information and attach this certificate to the document in place of the original certificate.

2. C. When completing a notarization, you should always perform the act requested by the signer. Since the customer has confirmed she wants a jurat, attach and complete a loose jurat certificate to the document instead of using the provided acknowledgment wording.

If you are in a situation in which the signer isn’t sure whether an acknowledgment or jurat is needed, you can briefly describe both notarial acts and let the signer choose which one he or she wants. If the signer still isn’t sure, the signer should contact the document’s issuing agency or an attorney for guidance before you proceed with the notarization. Remember that nonattorney Notaries are prohibited by law from choosing a notarial act on a signer’s behalf.

3. C. Notaries from other nations often have different duties than their U.S. counterparts and may perform notarial acts that aren’t permitted under your state’s laws. If a document requests an act that isn’t permitted by statute, you must refuse the notarization. You may ask if the signer wants you to perform an act you are authorized by law to perform — such as an acknowledgment or jurat — as an alternative. If the signer does not want an alternative notarial act, an officer at a consulate or embassy for the country the document came from may be able to notarize the document instead.

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David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association.

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Janet Lee Butler

08 Mar 2016

That was interesting. I think we need more quizzes like this, with, perhaps, more questions, at least 5 if not 10. It never hurts to review!

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