What does an acceptable notary acknowledgement look like?

  • The form used for a California Notary Acknowledgment shall be in the format as shown.
  • An acknowledgment is to be completed legibly by either type or legible block print. It is to be completed with blue or black ink only.
  • A complete notary acknowledgment includes a completed venue, meaning the state and county is to be completed.
  • A complete notary acknowledgment includes the date the document was signed in front of the notary.
  • A complete notary acknowledgment includes the name of the notary as set out on his/her oath and the entire title of the notary public.
  • A complete notary acknowledgment includes the name(s) of the parties that the notary witnessed sign the document.
    • Must be complete names for each signor. Example, John and Jane Smith would not be acceptable. Example, John Smith and Jane Smith is acceptable.
  • Must contain a legible notary seal. All characters and numbers must be clearly legible.