The purpose of an acknowledgment is for the signer, whose identity has been verified, to declare to a notary public that he or she has willingly signed the document(s).
An acknowledgment requires the following steps:
- You must physically appear before the Notary Public.
- The Notary is required to verify your identity according to California state laws. Please bring acceptable identification or witnesses needed.
- You may either sign the document before appearing before the Notary or in their presence.
- You must declare (acknowledge) signing the document for its intended purpose.
Unlike jurats, an acknowledgment does not need to be signed in the presence of a notary. However, the signer does need to swear or affirm that they signed under their own free will.
Although it is not required, we suggest that any document that requires a notary seal be signed in the presence of the notary public to avoid any unnecessary mistakes or delays.