Lesson 3 - Certificate Pages - Internet Scoping School

Lesson 3 – Certificate Pages

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  • kkinney says:

    On these certificates, what does :ss stand for?

    • Linda Evenson says:

      That is a good question! Obviously, I do NOT have an inquiring mind!

      I’ll see if I can find it online. If you do first, let me know.

      • Linda Evenson says:

        I asked on Court Reporters of Facebook, and several nice people responded. Here’s what I got:

        Many documents, especially those generated by banks and similar institutions, display the symbol “S.S.” adjacent to the blanks for venue information (State of __________, County of __________). An astonishing number of notaries either don’t know the meaning of the “S.S.” symbol, or erroneously believe it is a request for a Social Security Number!

        In fact, “S.S.” is the abbreviation for “scilicet” – a Latin term meaning “namely” or “in particular.” It is the predecessor of today’s familiar, and required, venue element. The pronunciation is (forgive our Latin!!) “SILL-le-cet.”

        While the venue on most notarial certificates will appear as follows:

        State of __________,
        County of _________,

        the scilicet still makes an occasional appearance.

        Here’s a venue example we found in one state’s online notary manual:

        State of _________
        County of ________ SS. (Town/City)

        In this usage, the scilicet (remember, it means “namely” or “in particular”) indicates that the notary should further specify the venue by including the town or city name following the county name.

        We found this example on another state’s certificate for an acknowledgment:

        State of _________
        County of________ S.S.

        This usage is loosely translated, “County of (name of the county) in particular.” The notary simply fills-in the name of the county where the notarial act actually occurred.

        And there you have it!

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