California Civil Code Section 1189
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1189. (a) (1) Any certificate of acknowledgment taken within this
state shall be in the following form:
State of California )
County of___________ )
(here insert name and title of the officer),
who proved to me on the basis of
satisfactory evidence to be the person(s) whose
subscribed to the within instrument and
acknowledged to me
he/she/they executed the same in his/her/their
capacity(ies), and that by his/her/their
instrument the person(s), or the entity upon
behalf of which
person(s) acted, executed the instrument.
I certify under PENALTY OF PERJURY under the
laws of the State of California that the
foregoing paragraph is true and correct.
WITNESS my hand and official seal.
(2) A notary public who willfully states as true any material fact
that he or she knows to be false shall be subject to a civil penalty
not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000). An action to impose a
civil penalty under this subdivision may be brought by the Secretary
of State in an administrative proceeding or any public prosecutor in
superior court, and shall be enforced as a civil judgment. A public
prosecutor shall inform the secretary of any civil penalty imposed
under this section.
(b) Any certificate of acknowledgment taken in another place shall
be sufficient in this state if it is taken in accordance with the
laws of the place where the acknowledgment is made.
(c) On documents to be filed in another state or jurisdiction of
the United States, a California notary public may complete any
acknowledgment form as may be required in that other state or
jurisdiction on a document, provided the form does not require the
notary to determine or certify that the signer holds a particular
representative capacity or to make other determinations and
certifications not allowed by California law.
(d) An acknowledgment provided prior to January 1, 1993, and
conforming to applicable provisions of former Sections 1189, 1190,
1190a, 1190.1, 1191, and 1192, as repealed by Chapter 335 of the
Statutes of 1990, shall have the same force and effect as if those
sections had not been repealed.
Last modified: March 17, 2014