Kentucky Notary Acknowledgment Form

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The Kentucky notary acknowledgment form is used in situations where a document requires a notary public to certify the legitimacy of the signatures therein. An acknowledgment is one of the most common notarial acts but, unlike a jurat, the document needn’t be signed in the presence of the notary public. An acknowledgment does require that all signers personally appear before the notary to identify themselves. The signatures can already be included in the document but each signer must declare that they have signed under their own free will. No oath or affirmation is required in regards to the accuracy of the contents of the document. The notary public must sign and date the acknowledgment form after they have completed the aforementioned duties (seals/stamps are not required according to Kentucky State law).

Laws§ 423.160

Notary Handbook – A guide on how to apply to be a notary public in Kentucky and the responsibilities that follow.

How to Notarize in Kentucky

Step 1 – Should one need to notarize a document, the business with which one is dealing might have a notary under their employ. If not, one could find a notary at one of the following locations:

Step 2 – The document to be notarized must be presented to the notary complete except for signature fields. (If the document simply requires an acknowledgment, the signature fields can be completed.)

Step 3 – All parties involved in the signing of the document must personally appear before the notary and provide sufficient identification. The notary public can choose to identify an individual through personal recognition.

Step 4 – Signatures can be inscribed on the document once identities have been verified. For acknowledgments (where the document has already been signed), each signer must declare that they were not coerced or intimidated into signing the document.

Step 5 – An oath or affirmation must be made by the signer swearing to the content of the document (not applicable to acknowledgments).

Step 6 – Notary public completes the appropriate notarial certificate. A seal is not a legal requirement in Kentucky; however, a document that is to be used out of state may require a stamp or seal.

Verify a Notary in Kentucky

Step 1 – To search for a Kentucky notary public, visit the Secretary of State’s Notary Services webpage.

Step 2 – Users can perform a simple search by selecting a county, entering an ID or name into the available field, and clicking Search.

Step 3 – Click Advanced Search to provide more detailed search criteria and obtain narrower results. The following information can be provided before clicking Search:

  • ID
  • First name
  • Middle name
  • Last name
  • Address
  • County

Step 4 – Results will show basic information on each notary.

Step 5 – Click View Detail beside a name to learn more about a specific notary.

How to Write (For Notary)

Step 1 – Download the Kentucky Notary Acknowledgment Form in Adobe PDF, Word, or ODT.

Step 2 – The following information must be provided on the acknowledgment form by the notary in order for the document to be legally binding:

  • County
  • Date
  • Name of person acknowledged
  • Signature of notary
  • Title/rank of notary
  • Serial number of notary
  • Seal or stamp of notary (if applicable)