Glossary of Notary Public, Mortgage, Signing Agent, and Loan Signing Terms.
Phonetics: Ac·knowl·edg·ment \ik-'nä-lij-mənt
The correct spelling of this term isacknowledgment where there is no extra "e" after the "g". Statistically, three times as many people look this term up with the additional "e". There should not be an e after the g. The main point of an acknowledged signature is for the signer of the document to be positively identified by a notary public commissioned by the state they are signing in. If the notarization takes place in Rhode Island, the notary public must have a Rhode Island notary commission for example. Notaries must check the signer's identification which is generally a government issued photo identification document with a physical description, a signature, and a serial number. The identification should have an expiration date too. Most states allow a notary to identify a signer by using one or two credible identifying witnesses who know the signer by name as well. Please visit the terms "identification of signer" and "credible witness" in our glossary for more information.
Journal of Notarial Acts
Identification of Signer