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What Wording Do I Use For A Document Going To Another State?

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If a document is being notarized in Texas, but will be filed in California, can the Texas Notary use their own state’s acknowledgment wording, or do they need to use the California acknowledgment wording? S.A., California 

The Notary can use either the California or the Texas acknowledgment certificate.  Any document that is acknowledged in another state can be accepted in the State of California if it is notarized according to the laws of the state where the notarization is performed (CA Civil Code 1189[4][c]). You may want to consider using the Texas certificate instead if you are at all concerned with placing yourself under penalty of perjury under the laws of the state of California.

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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