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IA House File 2465

Notary Law Update: IA House File 2465

State: Iowa

Summary:

House Bill 2465 makes a couple of corrections to the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts that was recently enacted by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. The changes are to replace the words “notary public” with “notarial officer” and “notarization occurs” with “notarial act is performed” in the definition of “personal appearance.”

Signed:  May 25, 2012

Effective:  January 01, 2013

Chapter: 1138

Affects:

Amends Section 9B.2, subsection 10.a. of the Iowa Code

Changes:
  1. Replaces the words “notary public” with “notarial officer” in the definition of “personal appearance.”
  2. Replaces the words “notarization occurs” with “notarial act is performed” in the definition of “personal appearance.”
Analysis:

House Bill 2465 makes a couple of corrections to the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) that was recently enacted by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. The RULONA is a comprehensive rewrite of Iowa’s Notary laws that will take effect January 1, 2013. The changes are to replace the words “notary public” with “notarial officer” and “notarization occurs” with “notarial act is performed” in the definition of “personal appearance.” Under the RULONA, the term “notarial officer” is used to emphasize that the rules apply not just to commissioned Notaries Public, but also to ex officio Notaries. In this case, the correction is important. Without the change, the definition of “personal appearance” could have been interpreted to allow ex officio Notaries the authority to perform notarial acts outside of the physical presence of the document signer. It is unusual for a recently enacted law that had not taken effect to be amended, but in this case the correction was necessary.

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