In addition to providing
translation services, BTS can help whenever you need a signature
notarized on any document such as:
Deeds, wills, trusts
Insurance claims, etc.
In this section we will highlight some information as it applies
to the State of California. For more details please refer to http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/notary/notary_2002hdbk.htm
One of the main responsibilities of a Notary Public is to identify
the person signing a document by verifying all the proper legal
This can be done either by:
- personal knowledge, or if the person’s identity is vouched
for by a reliable, uninvolved witness who is under oath and personally
known to the Notary; or
- a current government – issued ID card with photograph, signature
and physical description.
Please make sure that you bring along the necessary identification
and/or witnesses to enable proper notarization.
A Notary Public does not certify
that the statements in a document are true nor does he or she legalize
or validate a document (see legalization page for information concerning
the legalization process).
The Notary Public reviews the
document for completeness, because documents with blank spaces cannot
The Notary Public must make a
record of each notarization and require the document signer to affix
his or her signature - and, if necessary, a thumbprint – in the
official journal of notarial acts.
There are two primary types of notarizations
A. acknowledgments and
A. An acknowledgment is a signed
statement by the Notary Public that the signer (1) personally appeared
before the Notary Public, (2) was positively identified by the Notary
Public, and (3) that the signer acknowledged having signed the document.
They are used for deeds, documents affecting property, etc.
B. A jurat is a signed statement
by the Notary Public that the signer (1) personally appeared before
the Notary Public, (2) signed the document in the presence of the
Notary Public, and (3) took and oath or affirmation administered
by the Notary Public, e.g. "Do you swear that the statements
in this document are true, so help you God?" or "Do you
affirm that the statements in this document are true?". In
California identification of the signer for jurats is not required,
but few notaries will allow you to complete the notarization without
Please note that the role and the training requirements of a Notary
Public differ throughout the world! We refer to the link above for
the specific details. In general in the USA a Notary Public does
not have a (legal) advisory role.
If you want to more about Notarization
or book an appointment,
PLEASE CALL US AT 1-800-601-1121,