Does the County on the Notary's Section have to Match the Notary Stamp?

by Megan

We have a notary that is notarizing mortgage loan documents. The document says:

Borrower Name

State of California
County of Placer

On August 19th, 2011, before me, (notary's name), ....

But the notary's stamp says, "Notary Public - California Sacramento County."

Will that be an issue?

Good question! In California, the venue (county) is always the county where the notarization was performed. The county on the notary seal is simply the county where the notary commission was issued. In California, a notary may perform notarial acts throughout the entire state, so many times the county on the stamp will be different than the county listed as the venue on the certificate. This is perfectly acceptable.

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