Alabama Notary Acknowledgment Form

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The Alabama notary acknowledgment form act as an affidavit that certifies the signature of an individual on a legal document. This is most commonly used for legal forms such as real property, probate, and other documents where a notary is needed to make the form compliant with all applicable State laws. This should be presented as an attachment to the form requiring notarization. A notary public administering signature acknowledgment must confirm the identities of the requesting parties to ensure no signature is being forged or falsified. If the notary is satisfied with the identification of the parties as well as the presented document, they shall sign and provide their official State seal to the acknowledgment form thus making the signed document binding and legal.

Laws –  § 35-4-29

Notary Handbook – A general guide to notarial operating procedures and regulations that shall be considered when executing notarial acts.

How to Notarize in Alabama

Step 1 – In the State of Alabama, a notary public can be found at many places including the following:

Step 2 – Review the document you wish to have notarized to make certain all spaces have been filled in. However, it is recommended, though not required, that the signature fields remain empty. This will allow the notary public to be present at the time of signing, therefore, decreasing the possibility of a falsified signature. Bring the document to the notary public and pay the requisite service fee (if any).

Step 3 – After the notary public has examined the document along with your personal identification (usually a government-issued driver’s license or passport), your document will be signed in front of the notary. In the event that you have already signed your document, you will be required to attest to the authenticity of the previously written signature. Afterwards, the notary will sign their name along with the expiration date of their certification and place their stamp (or seal) on the bottom of the acknowledgment form.

Step 4 – At this time, the notary process will be completed and the parties may leave with their State compliant documents.

Verify a Notary in Alabama

Step 1 –  Go to this webpage to access the Alabama Secretary of State notary search portal.

Step 2 – Several search options are available below the “Notaries Public Search Options” heading. Select by Name to conduct a search for a notary by first and/or last name.

Enter an individual’s name in the empty space and specify a county, notary type, and status to refine your search results. Click Search to continue.

Step 4 – Select by Bonding Company if you’d like to search for a notary operating within a specific bonding company.

Provide the name of the bonding company and click Search to submit the information.

Step 5 – Click by Commission Date if you’d like your search for notaries who were commissioned on a certain date.

Specify the commission date in the empty space. Below the entry field, use the drop-down menus to indicate a county and/or notary type. Click Search when you’re ready to submit your query.

Step 6 – Choose the by Expiration Date search option to conduct a search for all notaries whose commission expires on a specific date.

Enter the commission expiration date in the search field. Using the two (2) drop-down menus, you may refine your search results by specifying a county and notary type. Click Search to proceed.

Step 7 – After submitting your search information, you will be taken to a webpage containing a list of each notary that corresponds with your search criteria. Click on a notary’s name to review some additional details on the individual.

How to Write (For Notary)

Step 1 – Start by downloading the Alabama notary acknowledgment form in Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, or Open Document Text.

Step 2 – Provide the county name in the first available field of the form. Next, enter the name of the notary public followed by the name of the individual being acknowledged. Enter the date in the remaining three (3) spaces (day, month, year).

Step 3 – Lastly, the notary public must supply their signature, printed name, commission expiration date,  and their seal.