An acknowledgment refers to a specific type of notarial act performed by a Notary Public. It is a formal declaration made by an individual before the Notary Public, confirming that they have willingly and voluntarily signed a document. The purpose of an acknowledgment is to validate the authenticity of the signature and ensure that the person signing the document understands its contents.
During an acknowledgment, the Notary Public verifies the identity of the signer by examining acceptable identification documents. The Notary Public also ensures that the signer is aware of the document’s contents and is signing it without any coercion or duress. By acknowledging the signature, the Notary Public confirms that the signer’s identity has been established, and they have signed the document of their own free will.