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Statutory Notice to a Certificate of Acknowledgment, Proof of Execution, or Jurat
Effective January 1, 2015, Senate Bill 1050, Chapter 197 requires that a prescribed consumer disclosure notice be inserted in an enclosed box at the top of a certificate of acknowledgment, proof of execution, or jurat to read:

  • A notary public or other officer completing this certificate verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document to which this certificate is attached, and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of that document.

New Laws Regarding Powers of Attorney and Mechanics Liens
Effective January 1, 2012, Assembly Bill 75, chapter 269 amends Civil Code Section 1195(b)(1) to add "Powers of Attorney" to the types of instruments that prohibits the use of a subscribing witness acknowledgment. Also effective July 1, 2012, Senate Bill 189 - Mechanics Liens (2010 Legislative session) recodifies, reorganizes, and clarifies the mechanics lien statute etc.

New Law Regarding Social Security Numbers
Effective January 1, 2008, Section 1798.89 of the Civil Code is added to read:
"Unless otherwise required to do so by state or federal law, no person, entity, or government agency shall present for recording or filing with a county recorder a document that is required by any provision of law to be open to the public if that record displays more than the last four digits of a social security number."