Credible Witnesses

When the signer of the document does not have valid photo identification, the identity of the signer can be established by the oaths of two credible witnesses. (Civil Code section 1185(b)(2). As the notary, I must first establish the identity of the 2 credible witnesses with a valid photo id. Under oath, the 2 credible witnesses must swear or affirm under penalty of perjury:

1. the individual appearing before me (the notary) as the signer of the document(s) is the person named in the document.

2. The credible witnesses must personally appear before me (the notary). The credible witnesses must sign and thumbprint the notary public’s journal.

3. The credible witnesses reasonable believe tht the circumstances of the signer are such that it would be very difficult or impossible for the signer to obtain another form of identification.

4. The signer does not possess any of the identification documents authorized by law to establish the signer’s identity.

5. The credible witnesses do not have a financial interest and are not named in the document signed.



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Notary Tip for International Adoption

Considering international adoption? First, Congratulations! What an exciting journey to embark upon.

There will be many questions, concerns and lots of documents that will require notarizing…  this is when getting to know a reliable, informed notary is crucial.  Did you know most international adoptions prefer, if not require, that the notary’s commission not be set to expire within that year?

Notaries renew their commission every 4 years.  With everything else you will have going on during the adoption process, Save yourself a headache, or heartache…  and make sure you go with a notary that meets the International Adoption criteria.

Feel free to call me, Christine Amos Notary and I will be happy to answer any questions.

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Why I love Hospital/Hospice signings

A lot of Notaries think I am cuckoo for going into hospitals/hospice or after care nursing facilities. To me it is a Privildge, espically hospice patients, to be there, even briefly, to assist during difficult, tough times is something I find incredibly rewarding.  I am often humbled at the light and inner strength and peace that comes from people and their ability to “rise to the occasion” and compose themselves with such dignity, fighiting through paralyzing pain to sign their documents, and  to witness the relief that comes from their ability to have their document notarized and their desires fulfilled.
 The look in their eyes communicates an appreciation and gratitude that I will never tire of seeing.  These signing stay with me and change me for the better.
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New Mandatory California Notary Certificate Wording Takes Effect January 1

Per the California Secretary of State’s website…   A change to California’s mandatory Notary certificate wording for acknowledgments, jurats and proofs of execution takes effect January 1, 2015, and Notaries in the Golden State who do not use the new wording will be out of compliance with state law.
Under Chapter 197, Statutes of 2014, the following consumer notification must be included as part of the notarial certificates:
“A Notary Public or other officer completing this certificate verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document to which this certificate is attached, and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of that document.”
This notification must appear in a box at the top of the certificate, and it must be legible.
The notification seeks to reduce fraud by letting consumers know that the Notary’s seal and signature do not authenticate or endorse the contents of a document. The legislation’s sponsors wanted to make sure that people unfamiliar with a Notary’s duties would not be more inclined to trust a fraudulent document simply because it was notarized.
You can always find out more by visiting the California Secretary of State’s website here:
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Can a Notary Public Marry people?

Not in California, this has to be performed by an ordained minister or other religious officiant or by a Sworn in Justice of the Peace.

Three States; Maine, Florida and South Carolina allow Notaries to perform marriage ceremonies, West Feliciana Parish in Louisana also grants authority to perform marriages to it’s Notaries.

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