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West Virginia Notary Acknowledgment Form

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West Virginia Notary Acknowledgment Form

Updated December 06, 2023

A West Virginia notary acknowledgment form is a written declaration of an individual’s willful decision to sign a document. A notary public acts as an impartial witness to the signing. This individual will request that the parties involved in the transaction prove their identity (usually by providing a government-issued photo ID) and confirm that they are aware of the contents of the document. In doing so, the notary public ensures that all signatures are being provided in the document for the reasons stated therein. Once all of the above has been accomplished, the notary will complete the acknowledgment form, thus deeming the signatures authenticated.

Laws – § 39-4-16

Notary Handbook – The West Virginia Secretary of State notary handbook explains the powers of a notarial officer, how to properly validate signatures, and what not to do in order to avoid impropriety and misconduct.

How to Notarize in West Virginia (4 steps)

  1. Find Notary
  2. Complete Paperwork
  3. Show ID
  4. Authenticate

1. Find Notary

Begin by finding a notary public that operates within the State. There are many places where a notary public can be found including the following:

2. Complete Paperwork

After finding a local notary public, bring your documents to their office for assessment. Ensure that each form has been filled in completely and that there are no blank spaces except for the signature fields. However, a notary public may still notarize your document if it has been previously signed.

3. Show ID

The notary public may request a processing fee for their services depending on where your forms are being notarized; banks sometimes offer notarial services for free. At this point, it will be necessary for you to provide photo identification unless the notary public is personally known to you.

4. Authenticate

After the notary public has verified your identity and reviewed your documents, you will be asked to sign your documents in front of the notary public. Once signed, the individual will authorize your signature by completing the notary acknowledgment form. Your notarized documents will then be returned to you and the process will be completed.

Verify a Notary in West Virginia (3 steps)

Step 1

Go to the West Virginia Secretary of State website to begin the verification process.west virginia secretary of state business and licensing search page

Step 2

Using the search menu, enter the first and last name of a notary and click Search to submit that information.notary search fields

The next page contains the details of each notary public registered under the name previously supplied. These details include the name, ID number, type, address, county, commission start/end dates, and the E-Notary status of each notary public in West Virginia.

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Step 3

It’s possible for you to refine your search results by performing an advanced search. This can be accomplished by navigating back to the main search page and clicking Show Advanced Search Options.highlight around "show advanced search options" in search field

In the subsequent menu, describe the notary by entering the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • County
  • Find an e-notary? (y/n)
  • Commission start range (start date)
  • Commission start range (end-date)
  • Commission expiry range (start date)
  • Commission expiry range (end-date)

Click Search after specifying the above details.

notary public search fields

All notaries corresponding with the terms of your search will be presented on the following page. Scroll through the results until you’ve found your notary of preference.

notary public search results

How to Write (For Notary)

Step 1 – The West Virginia notary acknowledgment form can be downloaded in the following formats: PDF, Open Document Text, Microsoft Word.

Step 2 – After downloading the form, fill in the empty spaces with the following information:

  • County of acknowledgment
  • Date of acknowledgment
  • Name(s) of individual(s)
  • Seal/Stamp
  • Notary signature
  • Notary title of office
  • Notary commission expiry date