Certificate of Authenticity and Conformity

In some states, an acknowledgement statute may require that an acknowledgment taken outside the state shall be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.  The certificate of authenticity is a certificate issued by a superior officer of a state confirming the official character of the officer who performed the act. It certifies the genuineness of a document.  The certificate of authenticity is a certificate of due execution and operates as a legal notice of all rights secured under it.  The certificate along with the certificate of acknowledgment shall enable the instrument for recordation.

A certificate of authority is required only if the enabling statute demands so.  Thus, in the absence of an express statutory requirement, an instrument acknowledged before an officer of another state need not be accompanied by a superior officer’s certificate confirming the official character of the officer before whom the instrument was acknowledged.

Generally, when the officer taking an acknowledgement affixes his/her official seal to the certificate of acknowledgment, it shall be a conclusive proof of the officer’s authority and no further proof is required to prove the authority of the officer.


Inside Certificate of Authenticity and Conformity