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Do I write anything on a document when I complete and attach a Notary certificate?

When I need to add a certificate because the existing one isn’t California compliant, is it ok for me to just write “see attached” without striking out the certificate or do I need to strike out the certificate AND write “see attached”? Also, do I need to initial that when I do so?P.D., California

It is not necessary to strike out the notarial wording when you are attaching a new certificate.  If the certificate form is replacing unacceptable preprinted wording, just write “See attached certificate” nearby. If the document has no preprinted wording, however, the Notary should not add this notation. Those words could be viewed as an unauthorized change to the document.  It is recommended to initial when making changes to the notarial wording.

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