FAQ

FAQ2020-05-30T18:30:56-05:00

General Notary Information

What is a Notary Public?2020-05-30T18:40:34-05:00

A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by the Texas Secretary of State to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations, or notarial acts. Notaries are publicly commissioned as “ministerial” officials, meaning that they are expected to follow written rules without the exercise of significant personal discretion, as would otherwise be the case with a “judicial” official.

What does a Notary Public do?2020-05-30T18:50:35-05:00

A Notary’s duty is to screen the signers of important documents for their true identity, their willingness to sign without duress or intimidation, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction. Some notarizations also require the Notary to put the signer under an oath, declaring under penalty of perjury that the information contained in a document is true and correct. Property deeds, wills and powers of attorney are examples of documents that commonly require a Notary.

Impartiality is the foundation of the Notary’s public trust. They are duty-bound not to act in situations where they have a personal interest. The public trusts that the Notary’s screening tasks have not been corrupted by self-interest. And impartiality dictates that a Notary never refuse to serve a person due to race, nationality, religion, politics, sexual orientation or status as a non-customer.

As official representatives of the state, Notaries Public certify the proper execution of many of the life-changing documents of private citizens — whether those diverse transactions convey real estate, grant powers of attorney, establish a prenuptial agreement, or perform the multitude of other activities that enable our civil society to function.

What a Notary is not2020-05-30T18:56:44-05:00

Unlike Notaries in foreign countries, a U.S. Notary Public is not an attorney, judge or high-ranking official. A U.S. Notary is not the same as a Notario Publico.

Why are notaries and notarizations necessary?2020-05-30T18:53:16-05:00

Through the process of notarization, a Notary Public deters fraud, establishes that the signer knows what document they’re signing, and that they’re a willing participant in the transaction.

What acts are a Notary Public authorized to perform?2020-05-30T18:43:34-05:00

A notary public may perform the following acts, as authorized by the Texas Government Code (TGC) 406.016(a); Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code (TCPRC) 121.001(a)(3) and 121.003(1); and Texas Finance Code (TFC) 59.109

Acknowledgments: A formal declaration by someone who personally appeared before a notary public, was identified by the notary, and acknowledged signing the document for its stated purpose [TCPRC 121.005(a) and 121.006(b)].

Certified Copies: A certification that a photocopy (made by the notary Public) of a document not recordable in public records is true and complete [TGC 406.016(a)(5)]. As notary records are public information, members of the member may lawfully request notary-certified photocopies of entries in the notary’s official journal [TGC 406.014(b) and (c); 1 TAC 87.42].

Depositions: A certification that the spoken words of a witness were accurately taken down in writing. [TGC 406.016(a)(4)]. Normally, trained and certified court reporters execute this duty.

Jurats: A certification added to an affidavit or document stating when and where a signer personally appeared before the notary public, took an oath or affirmation from the notary, and signed the document in the notary’s presence.

Oaths and Affirmations: An oath is a solemn declaration, accompanied by a swearing to God or a revered person or thing, that one’s statement is true or that one will be bound to a promise. The person making the oath implicitly invites punishment if the statement is untrue or the promise is broken. An Affirmation is the act of affirming the truth of a document, not an oath. “I solemnly affirm and declare the foregoing to be a true statement…” Note that an affidavit may appear in two forms: a sworn affidavit with oath, or an affirmed affidavit with affirmation. Each has the same legal import.

Proofs of Acknowledgement by Subscribing Witness: A notary public certifies that the signature of a person who does not appear before the notary (the principal signer) is genuine, based on the sworn testimony of another person who does appear – a subscribing (signing) witness [TCPRC 121.0029]. The subscribing witness must be personally known to the notary public or the identity must be proved on the oath of a Credible Identifying Witness [TCPRC 121.009(c)].

Protests: A Notary Public’s written statement that, upon presentment for payment or acceptance, a negotiable instrument was neither paid nor accepted. While common in the 19th century, today it is mostly an antiquated act. [Texas Government Code 406.016(a)(2)]

Witness Opening of Safe Deposit Box: A notary public is required to be one of two witnesses present when a safe deposit box is opened, viewed and the contents inventoried, when rent on the box has been declared delinquent.

What is a notarial certificate?2020-05-30T18:35:46-05:00

Your notarization of a document is not complete without a proper notarial certificate
The notarial certificate is a written statement, signed and sealed by the notary public, certifying the facts of a notarial act. For all notarial acts requiring a certificate, a notary must complete a notary certificate [1 TAC 87.40(c)]. The notary certificate may be typed or printed on the document itself or on an attachment typically stapled to the documents left margin following the signature page.

The two most common notarial acts a notary will be asked to perform are administering oaths and taking acknowledgments. Oaths and acknowledgments are two different notarial acts, therefore each will require its own certificate wording. The Texas Secretary of State website provides sample notarial certificates that meet statutory requirements.

Traditional notarization certificate samples
Online notarization certificate samples

Jurat Certificate
A jurat is a notary’s certification that he or she administered an oath or affirmation to the signer, whose signature was made in the notary’s presence. The purpose of a jurat is for a signer to swear to or affirm the truthfulness of a document’s contents. In order for a jurat to be correctly executed, the signer must sign the document in front of the notary. Documents that typically require oaths or affirmations are applications, affidavits, or any sworn statement in which the signer sets forth certain facts in writing.

Acknowledgment Certificate
An acknowledgment is a declaration that the signer understands the contents of the document, has signed the document, and consents to the terms and conditions stated in the document. The acknowledgment certificate is the Notary’s certification of the details of this notarial act. The signer may either sign the document prior to appearing before a notary, or in the notary’s presence. In either instance, the signer must acknowledge signing the document for its intended purpose. Acknowledgments are typically required for contracts, powers of attorney, or any type of document where a person has to agree to some particular terms of the document.

Who and what determines the notary act that will be performed on my document?2020-05-30T18:46:53-05:00

The notarial certificate wording generally determines the notarial act that is performed. Often, a document you receive that requires notarization will already have certificate wording pre-printed at the bottom of the document. If a document you present to a Notary Public is without certificate wording, you will be asked what type of notarial act is appropriate. If you don’t know, you will be asked to find out. You can normally obtain this information from the organization that either provided you the document or the organization that will be accepting the document. You may also wish to consult with an attorney.

It is not the role of a non-attorney notary public to decide what type of certificate (and what type of notarization) a document will need. A non-attorney notary public who selects certificates or even suggests what type of certificate a signer needs may be engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, which is a Class A Misdemeanor in the State of Texas (first offense).

Signer(s) Information

What is a Principal?2020-05-30T16:54:07-05:00

A Principal is an individual whose signature is notarized in a traditional or online notarization, or an individual who takes an oath or affirmation from a notary.

How does a Notary Public identify a signer and any witnesses for a notarization?2020-05-30T19:07:14-05:00

Texas requires that a notary public confirm the identity of all participants in a notarization. There are three ways identity confirmation can be established.

Personal Knowledge – The signer is personally known to the notary public.

Identification Documents – The participant presents a valid, government-issued identification credential (issued by the federal government or a state government), containing a photograph and signature.

Credible Witnesses – If a principal signer is not personally known to the notary public and does not possess a valid government-issued identification credential , the last method to confirm identity is by oath or affirmation of a credible identifying witness. Texas requires that a credible identifying witness must possess a valid government-issued identification credential.

What are acceptable forms of identification?2020-05-30T17:06:55-05:00

For traditional notarizations, a notary may accept a valid identification credential issued by the federal government or any state government that contains the photograph and signature of the bearer. Examples include state driver’s license, state non-driver identification card or U.S. Passport.

  • For online notarizations using the DocVerify platform, the only accepted identification credential is a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • For notarizations involving residential real estate transactions, a valid passport issued by a foreign government may also be accepted as identification [TCPRC 121.005(b)(3)].
What are the screening requirements for signers and witnesses?2019-05-13T15:11:44-05:00

Personal appearance is required – face to face in the same room.

  • If witnesses are required, they must also be present – face to face in the same room.
  • The signers must express a willingness to sign – No evidence of coercion or duress.
  • Signer(s) must display an awareness of the document and what it represents.
  • Identity verification of the signers and any witnesses.
Can a representative sign a document on my behalf?2019-05-13T15:15:14-05:00

Texas law states that for an acknowledgment by a person acting in a representative capacity – such as a corporate officer, trustee, partner to a partnership, attorney-in-fact or other capacity – the signer must acknowledge executing the instrument by proper authority in the capacity claimed for the purposes stated in the document [TCPRC 121.006(b)].

Can a minor sign a document for notarization?2019-05-13T15:14:22-05:00

The age of majority in Texas is 18. The notary public will ask the signer to place their age next to their signature on the document and in the notary journal. This will alert any interested party that the signor is a minor.

The minor must be identified by personal knowledge, acceptable ID, or the oath/affirmation of a credible identifying witness.

What if I cannot sign my name?2019-05-13T15:12:34-05:00

A person who cannot sign his or her name because of illiteracy or a physical disability may instead use a mark, such as an X, as their signature. A signature by mark requires two disinterested witnesses to the mark, both of whom must sign the documents. This is addition to the notary.

What if I cannot make a mark?2019-05-13T15:13:43-05:00

A Texas notary may sign the name of a person who is physically unable to sign or make a mark on a document. [TGC 406.0165(a) and (d)]. The notary must be asked by the disabled individual and there must be a witness present, who has no financial interest in the transaction.

Beneath the proxy signature, the notary must write the following:

Signature affixed by Notary in the presence of (name of witness), a disinterested witness, under Section 406.0165, Government Code.

Document Requirements

What do I do if my document does not contain a notary certificate?2020-05-30T18:37:41-05:00

A notarization cannot proceed unless the appropriate notarial wording is present on the document. Notarial wording that is added to the document may be typed or written directly on the face of the document, below the signer’s signature. If no notarial certificate is present on the document, a loose certificate can be prepared by the notary public and attached to the document. A notary public is prohibited from selecting a notary act or certificate. The document signer must select the notary act to be completed.

What documents “basics” should I be aware of?2019-05-13T15:18:50-05:00

Documents must be filled out, with no blank spaces.

  • Names on documents must match the ID of the signers.
  • Photocopied signatures can never be notarized.
  • Documents that are publicly recordable records cannot be notarized.
What Documents Can be Notarized?2019-05-13T15:21:24-05:00
  • Adoption Documents
  • Affidavits
  • Agreements
  • Authorizations
  • Business Documents
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Affidavits
  • Deeds
  • Designated Beneficiary Documents
  • Discovery Documents
  • Employment Forms
  • Estate Planning Documents
  • Financial Documents
  • Insurance Documents
  • Legal Documents
  • Loan Documents
  • Medical Documents
  • Parental Rights Affidavits
  • Permission to Travel Documents
  • Power of Attorney
  • School Documents
  • Texas DMV Gift & Heirship Affidavits
  • Vehicle Title Transfers
  • Verifications
  • Waiver Forms
  • Wills and Codicils
What Documents Cannot be Notarized?2019-05-13T15:22:46-05:00
  • Blank or incomplete documents
  • Photocopied or faxed signatures
  • Foreign language notarial certificates
  • Immigration documents issued by the USCIS
  • Any publicly recorded record, such as birth, marriage and death certificates
  • Names on documents do not match names on identification documents
Where can I view sample notary certificate forms?2020-05-30T17:25:49-05:00

The Texas Secretary of State website displays sample notary certificate forms.

Mobile Notary Service

What is Mobile Notary Service in Texas?2019-07-18T00:49:13-05:00

A Mobile Notary is a Texas Notary Public who travels to the customer’s location to perform notarizations. They may charge up to the maximum fee set by Texas law for notarization services. In addition, they may also charge a separate travel fee for traveling to the customer’s location.

They may provide services statewide to any customer or business that requires a notarization, as long as the notarization request is permitted by Texas law.

In addition to traditional “wet ink signatures” and “stamped notary seal” notarizations, a Mobile Notary is authorized to perform electronic notarizations.

Online Notarization Information

What is Online Notarization?2020-05-30T14:17:45-05:00

Online notarization is a notarial act performed by an online notary by means of two-way video and audio conference technology that meets the standards adopted by the Secretary of State for such actions including credential analysis and identity proofing.

What are the participant requirements for an online notarization?2020-05-28T00:31:30-05:00

Please read carefully!

Note: All participants must be vetted in advance before starting any new remote notary transaction. 

Each participant must be able to comply with all of the identity proofing and credential analysis standards.

If all of the identity proofing and credential analysis standards mandated by Texas Administrative Code – Rule § 87.70 cannot be met, the remote online notarization cannot be conducted.

  • Credential Analysis (ID Capture) – Texas law requires a valid government-issued identification credential, containing the signature and photograph of the bearer. DocVerify only permits a US state-issued driver license or state-issued photo ID card. If you do not have a valid state-issued driver license or photo ID card, you will not be able to get your documents remotely notarized.
    • To prepare for the ID capture, take photos in landscape mode of the front and back sides of your driver’s license.
    • Then take a photo of your face (selfie).
    • Have these photos saved on the device that you will use for the online notarization. (Example: If you take the photos with your smartphone, email the photos to yourself so you can access them from your computer or tablet device.)
  • Identity Proofing (ID Verification) – Each participant who is not personally known to the online notary public must submit to a dynamic knowledge-based authentication (KBA) process to verify their identity.
    • The principal/credible witness must answer a quiz consisting of a minimum of 5 questions, related to the principal’s personal history or identity.
    • All questions must be answered within two minutes.
    • At least 80% of the questions must be answered correctly.
    • If the principal/credible witness fails the quiz, they may retake the quiz one time within 24 hours. (An additional $25 online notarization fee will apply.)
    • If they fail the quiz a second time, they are not permitted to retry with the same online notary public for 24 hours.
  • Do I qualify for ID Verification? – Third-party providers that create the identity quiz derive most of their information from credit bureau databases. DocVerify states that if you do not meet the following qualifications, you will not be able to pass the ID verification:
    • The participant must be a U.S. Citizen
    • The participant must be over 18 years of age?
    • The participant must have a valid Social Security Number?
    • The participant must have a valid U.S. driver license or State Identification card
    • The participant must have at least 5 years of U.S. credit history
    • The participant must ensure their Credit Reports are unlocked (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion)
    • The participant must have an active U.S. mobile number from a mobile provider (VOIP, Google Voice, Cable-provided lines, etc. are not accepted)

IMPORTANT: It is very important to understand that even if all of the above is true, it still does not absolutely guarantee a signer or participant will pass no matter how many times they try. 

If you are uncertain if you meet all of the identity proofing and credential analysis standards listed above, please speak with me before paying and beginning a remote online notarization. If we conclude that a Remote Online Notarization is not your best option, I can still notarize your documents the “traditional” old-fashioned way – with wet ink signatures and a wet ink notary stamp.

What are the technology requirements for an online notarization?2020-05-28T00:50:54-05:00

Please read carefully!

Each participant must be able to comply with all of the following technology requirements.

If the technology requirements cannot be met, the remote online notarization cannot be conducted.

  • Each participant must have their own computer or tablet device (PC or Mac desktop computer, notebook computer or tablet).
  • Each participant must have their own email account. Spousal sharing of a single email account is not permitted for a DocVerify remote online notarization.
  • Each participant’s computer or tablet device must use specific supported browsers that will allow the browser to access the device’s camera and microphone. Use of any browsers not listed below will most likely result in the required video/audio not working.
    • Windows or Mac
    • Android (tablets)
        • Google Chrome – latest version
    • iOS (iPad)
      • iOS 11 or higher only, and
      • the Safari browser that comes with iOS 11 or higher
  • Each participant’s computer or tablet device must have a good Internet connection (minimum speed of 2 mb/sec upload and download).
  • For camera and microphone troubleshooting, DocVerify provides some guidance.
What are the document requirements for an online notarization?2020-05-28T00:47:18-05:00

Please read carefully!

The following are document requirements for an online notarization:

  • You must ensure that your document is completely filled out, except for signatures and signature dates. (No blank lines or fields)
  • You must convert your paper document(s) into a digital .pdf format.
  • You must email your .pdf document(s) to notary@notaryarlington.com.
  • For customers without document scanning hardware, a smartphone scanner app can be downloaded and installed from the Apple App Store (iOS devices) or Google Play (Android devices). Search for “PDF Scanner” to find an app suitable for your needs.
  • A Texas-compliant online notarial certificate must be “attached” to each document notarized.
  • If a Texas-compliant online notarial certificate is not typed directly into your document, the online notary public has the technical capability to “electronically stitch” an online notarial certificate of your choice at the end of your document.
    • You will need to determine the type of Texas online notarial certificate that is appropriate for your needs. I am not an attorney and cannot assist you by recommending a particular online notarial certificate. Doing so would be providing legal advice, which is an unauthorized practice of law (UPL), prohibited by Section 81.101 of the Texas Government Code.
    • You can review sample online notarial certificate forms at the Texas Secretary of State website.
    • If you require additional assistance in selecting a Texas-compliant online notarial certificate, please consult with the document originator, the document recipient or a Texas attorney.
What steps will I be required to complete before connecting online for a DocVerify online notarization?2020-05-30T16:59:00-05:00

Before a participant is provided access by DocVerify to connect their web cam to the online notarization process, they must:

  • Complete and pass the ID Verification (identity proofing), if not personally known to the online notary public.
  • Complete the ID capture (credential analysis) procedure.
  • Adopt their signature and initials in the areas designed by docVerify.
  • Note: If the notarial act has more than one participant, all participants must complete the above three requirements before the online notary public will be able to connect them online and complete the notarization.
What is Credential Analysis (ID Capture)?2020-05-30T17:02:13-05:00

Credential Analysis is a process by which the validity of a government-issued identification credential is affirmed by a third party through review of public and proprietary data sources.

What is Identity Proofing (ID Verification)?2020-05-30T17:00:32-05:00

Identity Proofing is the process by which the identity of an individual is affirmed by a third party through review of public and proprietary data sources.

What is the process to complete an Online Notarization? (detailed)2020-05-30T17:29:43-05:00

The following steps describe a typical online notarization process, utilizing the DocVerify e-notary platform:

  1. The principal reviews documentation at notaryarlington.com -The principal carefully reviews the website documentation on Online Notarization, Terms of Service, and FAQ page  that references participant requirements, technology requirements and document requirements.
  2. The principal calls Notary Arlington – With an understanding that all participants can successfully participate in an online notarization transaction, the principal calls Notary Arlington at 817-484-4000. The online notary public will interview the principal to obtain information on all participants, vetting each against participation requirements for an online notarization.
  3. Principal is invoiced for online payment – Notary Arlington will then email an invoice to the principal for online payment. Once the payment has been processed, the documents are collected and the online notarization process begins.
  4. Documents are emailed to Notary Arlington – The notary then instructs the principal to email the .pdf document(s) to Notary Arlington. Once received, they are reviewed for proper completion and the type of notarization requested.
  5. The online notary public uploads the document(s) to DocVerify – After a satisfactory review of the submitted documents, the online notary public uploads the documents for processing to the DocVerify notary portal.
  6. All participants complete ID verification and credential analysis – Each participant who is not personally known to the online notary public will receive an email with a link to participate in the DocVerify ID verification process. All participants will receive instructions for ID capture for credential analysis.
  7. All participants adopt their e-signatures – Upon successful completion of the ID verification and credential analysis, each participant will receive another email with a link to adopt their e-signatures and initials for use in the online notarization.
  8. The online notary public is notified that all parties are ready to proceed – Once all participants have completed the identification credential analysis, ID verification, and signature adoption, the online notary public is notified to continue the online notarization process.
  9. The participants are invited to connect their webcams to the online session – When the online notary public accesses the transaction within DocVerify and selects “Notarize Now,” the document is loaded online for notarization. The participant(s) receive an email stating the online notary public is ready and waiting to notarize the documents. They receive a link to connect their web cams to the online session, joining the online notary public.
  10. The online notary public checks the audio and video of the participants – Once all participants have successfully connected with their web cams, the online notary public checks to ensure all faces can be clearly seen and all voices can be clearly heard, before beginning the recording session.
  11. The online notary public begins formal recording of the session – At the start of the recording session, the online notary public introduces himself, stating his current location (state & county). He then explains the remote online notarization process, the order of events, the questions to be answered by each participant, and instructs all participants that their faces must remain clearly in camera view during the recording session. He then presents an identification card, demonstrating how the participants will be displaying their identification cards to the camera.
  12. The participants identify themselves online and display their ID – One at a time, each participant will introduce themselves on camera to the notary, answer questions asked by the notary, and present their identification credential to the camera when prompted.
  13. The online notary public arranges elements on the document – Once the participant introductions and identification requirements have been completed, the online notary public begins to complete the online notarization. With the document displayed, he drags and drops the various elements in the correct locations of the various pages, explaining and confirming placements with the participants.
  14. The online notary public ensures participants have process clarity – With all elements in place on the document, the online notary public pauses and asks the participants if they have any questions or concerns, prior to completion of the notarization.
  15. The online notary public explains the final steps in the notarization process – The online notary public then states that once the notarization is completed, the video and audio will end. The notary informs the participants that each will receive a copy of the notarized document via their email address. They will be able to create a free DocVerify account to access their document(s). The notary relates to the participants that the notary will no longer have access to the document as it will be electronically stored, along with the recording session.
  16. The remote online notarization is completed – The online notary thanks the participants and dismisses them by completing the notarization and clicking the “Notarize & Sign” button.
What is an Electronic Seal?2020-05-30T17:04:09-05:00

An Electronic Seal consists of information within a notarized electronic document that confirms the online notary public’s name, jurisdiction, notary ID, and commission expiration date.  It generally corresponds to information in notary seals used on paper documents.

What is a Digital Certificate?2020-05-30T14:20:15-05:00

A Digital Certificate is a computer-based record or electronic file issued to an online notary public for the purpose of creating an official electronic signature.

Sample Forms for Online Notarization (Notary Certificates)2020-05-30T15:00:41-05:00

Sample Forms For Online Notarization Containing Minimum Statutory Requirements For Such Forms

 

Long Form Acknowledgment

State of Texas                     §

County of _________           §

Before me, (insert the name of notary or other officer taking acknowledgment), on this day personally appeared by means of an interactive two-way audio and video communication (insert name of acknowledging party), who is known to me [or proved to me on the oath of (insert name of credible witness if necessary)] [or has provided satisfactory evidence of identity in accordance with Chapter 406, Texas Government Code] to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing instrument and acknowledged to me that they executed the same for the purposes and consideration therein expressed. This notarial act was an online notarization.
Given under my hand and seal of office this __________ day of __________, (year).

 Notary Seal                                                                          Digital Certificate

 

Short Form Acknowledgment

State of Texas

County of _______________

This instrument was acknowledged before me by means of an interactive two-way audio and video communication on (date) by (name or names of person or persons acknowledging). This notarial act was an online notarization.

Notary Seal                                                                          Digital Certificate

 

For a Natural Person as Principal Acting by Attorney-in-Fact

State of Texas

County of _______________ §

This instrument was acknowledged before me by means of an interactive two-way audio and video communication on (date) by (name of attorney-in-fact) as attorney-in-fact on behalf of (name of principal). This notarial act was an online notarization.

Notary Seal                                                                          Digital Certificate

 

For a Partnership Acting by One or More Partners, an Authorized Officer, or an Agent

State of Texas                  §

County of ______________§

This instrument was acknowledged before me by means of an interactive two-way audio and video communication on (date) by (name of acknowledging partner, partners, authorized officer, or agent), (partner(s), authorized officer, or agent) on behalf of (name of partnership), a partnership. This notarial act was an online notarization.

Notary Seal                                                                          Digital Certificate

 

For a Corporation

State of Texas                   §

County of ______________ §

This instrument was acknowledged before me by means of an interactive two-way audio and video communication on (date) by (name of officer), (title of officer) of (name of corporation acknowledging), a (state of incorporation) corporation, on behalf of said corporation. This notarial act was an online notarization.

Notary Seal                                                                          Digital Certificate

 

For a Limited Liability Company

State of Texas §

County of ______________ §

This instrument was acknowledged before me by means of an interactive two-way audio and video communication on (date) by (name of acknowledging member, manager, authorized officer, or agent) a (member, manager, authorized officer, or agent) of (name of limited liability company), a limited liability company. This notarial act was an online notarization.

Notary Seal                                                                          Digital Certificate

 

For a Public Officer, Trustee, Executor, Administrator, Guardian, or Other Representative

State of Texas                      §

County of ________________§

This instrument was acknowledged before me by means of an interactive two-way audio and video communication on (date) by (name of representative) as (title of representative) of (name of entity or person represented). This notarial act was an online notarization.

Notary Seal                                                                          Digital Certificate

 

Form of Certificate For Proof by Witness

State of Texas                  §

County of ______________§

Before me, (insert the name of the notary), on this day personally appeared _____________________, known to me (or proved to me on the oath of ______________), to be the person whose name is subscribed as a witness to the foregoing instrument of writing, and after being duly sworn by me stated on oath that he saw _______, the grantor or person who executed the foregoing instrument, subscribe the same (or that the grantor or person who executed such instrument of writing acknowledged in his presence that he had executed the same for the purposes and consideration therein expressed), and that he had signed the same as a witness at the request of the grantor (or person who executed the same). This notarial act was an online notarization.

Given under my hand and seal of office this __________ day of __________, (year).

Notary Seal                                                                          Digital Certificate

 

Jurat

State of Texas                   §

County of _________         §

Sworn to and subscribed before me on the ___ day of        (month)          , (year), by (insert name of signing party). This notarial act was an online notarization.

Notary Seal                                                                           Digital Certificate

 

Oath or Affirmation

State of Texas                  §

County of____________    §

I, (affiant), do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of ___________________ of the State of Texas, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, so help me God.

__________________________________________
Signature of Affiant

Sworn to and subscribed before me by (affiant) on this __________ day of _______________, (year). This notarial act was an online notarization.

Notary Seal                                                                           Digital Certificate

 

Deposition

Certificate to Deposition Upon Written Questions

State of Texas            §

County of __________ §

(Plaintiff)    v.    (Defendant)  In the __________ Court  of __________ County, Texas, Cause No. _________, I hereby certify that the foregoing answers of __________, the witness forenamed, were signed and sworn to before me on (date), by said witness. This notarial act was an online notarization.

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Verification (option 1)

State of Texas           §

County of _________ §

_______________, personally appeared before me, and being first duly sworn declared that he/she signed this application in the capacity designated, if any, and further states that he/she has read the above application and the statements therein contained are true. This notarial act was an online notarization.

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Verification (option 2)

State of Texas                 §

County of _____________§

Before me, a notary public, on this day personally appeared _______________, known to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing document and, being by me first duly sworn, declared that the statements therein contained are true and correct. This notarial act was an online notarization.

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Electronic Notarization

What is an Electronic Seal?2020-05-30T17:04:09-05:00

An Electronic Seal consists of information within a notarized electronic document that confirms the online notary public’s name, jurisdiction, notary ID, and commission expiration date.  It generally corresponds to information in notary seals used on paper documents.

What is an electronic notarization?2019-07-18T00:49:54-05:00

Simply put, electronic notarizations are performed with digital documents, obtaining digital signatures and a digital notary seal. Unlike an online notarization, the signers and the Notary Public are together, face to face in the same room. Instead of wet-ink signatures, computer-type devices are normally used.

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