Does a Notary have to witness signer execute an acknowledgment?

March 1, 2012

It is a common misconception that a Notary Public must watch the signer sign his or her name on an acknowledgment for it to be valid. This is simply not the case.

The signer must always personally appear before the Notary but the document could have been signed 25 years ago. The signer is simply acknowledging that he or she did indeed sign the document.

The Notary Public must use the current date in the acknowledgment section.

Jurats, as opposed to acknowledgments, do require the signer to sign the document in the presence of the Notary Public.

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