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Kentucky Notary Acknowledgment Form

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Kentucky Notary Acknowledgment Form

Updated September 01, 2023

A 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 (6 steps)

  1. Find Notary
  2. Present Document
  3. Appear
  4. Sign
  5. Take Oath
  6. Obtain Certificate

1. Find Notary

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:

2. Present Document

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.)

3. Appear

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.

4. Sign

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.

5. Take Oath

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

6. Obtain Certificate

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 (3 steps)

Step 1

Visit Kentucky’s Secretary of State Notary Services webpage.

Step 2

Users can perform a search by entering a name or ID and clicking Search.

Step 3

If information is not available about a particular notary, it may be necessary to contact the county clerk in the county of the notary’s appointment in order to verify commission status.

How to Write (For Notary)

Step 1 – Download the Kentucky Notary Acknowledgment Form in PDF, Microsoft 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)