Updated on May 31st, 2023
A Washington notary acknowledgment is a form used by notaries public to verify signatures on important documents. When an acknowledgment is required, the signer must appear before a notary public, prove their identity, and either sign the document in the notary’s presence or affirm that they signed willingly and prove the signature is authentic. The completed form will include the signer’s name, the date of acknowledgment, the signature date, and the notary’s signature, title of office, and commission expiry date.
A notary public’s term ends four years after their commission date as per the expiration found on their surety bond (§ 308-30-050(1)).
Is Online Notarization Legal in Washington?
Yes. With the adoption of Senate Bill 5641, a Washington notary can notarize the signature of an individual who is in a remote location over video communication.
At least two different proofs must be used to verify the signer’s identity, and the officer is required to affix their notary seal and make an audio-visual recording of the notarial act. Other requirements and restrictions can be found in state statutes.
Statutes: §§ 42.45.280, 42.45.130(3), 42.45.190
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WASHINGTON NOTARY ACKNOWLEDGMENT
State of Washington
County of [COUNTY NAME]))
This record was acknowledged before me on [MM/DD/YYYY] by [SIGNER’S NAME].
Title of Office: [NOTARY’S TITLE]
My Commission Expires: [DATE]