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Law Updates

Sep  17,  2014  - Mississippi
MS Administrative Rule (Bond Filing) - An amendment to Rule 2.5 of the Mississippi Notary Public administrative rules requires applicants to timely file the required Notary bond within 60 days of the date on the Notary application. The new rule also states that bonds that are not timely filed will result in the rejection of the application.

Sep  10,  2014  - Mississippi
MS Administrative Rule (Application) - An amendment to Rule 2.3 of the Mississippi Notary Public administrative rules now requires applicants for a Notary commission to provide a valid email address on the application for a commission.

Aug  01,  2014  - North Dakota
ND Senate Bill 2123 - North Dakota enacts the Uniform Unsworn Foreign Declarations Act (UUFDA). The UUFDA permits a person living or traveling outside of the U.S. who must sign a sworn statement to make the statement under penalty of perjury without having to appear before a Notary or U.S. consular officer to take an oath or affirmation. This new law does not apply to certain sensitive documents, including depositions and recordable instruments.

Aug  01,  2014  - Minnesota
MN House File 2668 - House File 2668 provides that a document submitted to a court requiring a sworn statement made before a Notary or notarial officer no longer must be notarized as long as the document is signed under penalty of perjury and otherwise meets the requirements of the statute. It also exempts certain officers with notarial powers from having to register the intent to perform electronic notarizations with the Secretary of State.

Aug  01,  2014  - Minnesota
MN House File 155 - House File 155 raises the fee Notaries may charge for most notarial acts from $1 to $5.

Aug  01,  2014  - Louisiana
LA House Bill 462 - HB 462 authorizes specially designated commissioned officers of the office of the state fire marshal to have ex-officio notarial powers to administer oaths and receive sworn statements in matters incident to their duties.

Aug  01,  2014  - Louisiana
LA House Bill 197 - HB 197 authorizes a fire chief of a municipal or parish fire department to appoint up to 3 employees who may take acknowledgments, administer oaths and execute affidavits with respect to matters within the office of the municipal or parish fire department.

Aug  01,  2014  - Louisiana
LA Senate Bill 307 - Senate Bill 307 amends provisions related to the appointment and duties of employees as ex-officio Notaries Public who are appointed by the director of a hospital service district hospital.

Jul  31,  2014  - North Carolina
NC House Bill 1217 - House Bill 1217 raises fees Notaries may charge.

Jul  21,  2014  - Alaska
AK House Bill 60 - House Bill 60 enacts the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act, authorizing a property owner to transfer interest in the property to a beneficiary upon the death of the owner through a Transfer on Death Deed that must be notarized and filed in the local land records.

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