General All Purpose Acknowledgement

This is a form that shows that a notary public has established the identity of the signer(s) and witnessed the signature of a document. It only demonstrates that the document has been signed and does not make any claims about the information in the document.

How To Fill In General All Purpose Acknowledgement

The notary public will need to fill in the top part of the document himself or herself. He or she will:

  • Enter the state in which the document is being signed and also the county.
  • Enter the date on which the document is being signed.
  • Enter his or her full name.
  • Enter the names of the signer(s) of the document.
  • Verify the identity of the signer(s). This is usually done through a state-issued driver’s license or other identification. Passports and military identification are also acceptable ways to prove identity.
  • Sign the form and apply his or her seal to attest that he or she witnessed the signing of the document.

The next part of this form is optional. It does not need to be completed for the signature to be valid, but it may help prevent falsification of documents by ensuring that the notary’s acknowledgement form is not fraudulently transferred to another document.

  • Check whether you are signing as an individual, an officer of a corporation (enter your title), a partner, an attorney-in-fact, a trustee, a conservator, or another capacity. If you are acting in another capacity, enter a brief description.
  • Signer Is Representing: Enter the name of whom you are representing. This may be yourself or it may be a partnership, an association, or a corporate entity.
  • Title or Type of Document: Enter a brief description of the document.
  • Number of Pages: Enter the number of pages of the document.
  • Date of Document: Enter the date on the document.
  • Other: Enter any other pertinent information.
  • Right Thumbprint of Signer: Some states will require a thumbprint for certain documents. Your notary will be able to tell you if you are required to provide a print.

This acknowledgement form verifies that the signer’s identity has been established and that the signature on the document was witnessed. It does not verify that the content of the document is truthful or accurate. It also does not constitute a legal record. If you need your document filed or recorded, you will need to do so yourself or with your attorney.

General All Purpose Acknowledgement