In order for a notary public to notarize a document, the person whose signature is being notarized must sign in the notary’s presence. The notary must identify the signer of the document, either by the signer presenting a photo ID, or if the notary already knows the person. A jurat is an act requiring the signer to give an oath or affirmation that the statement in the notarized document is true and correct and the signer must sign the notarized document in the presence of a notary public. An acknowledgment is an act requiring the signer to acknowledge his or her signature on a document and the notary public notarizes the signature. It is not required that the signature be witnessed by the notary, the act occurs when the signer acknowledges the signature on the document.
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