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Notary Laws

Notary Law Updates By State

Use this database to find updated Notary laws and regulations in your state or jurisdiction.

Notary Law Designates Notary legislation that has become law
Notary Regulation Designates a Notary administrative regulation or rule

LawJun  12,  2014  - Louisiana
LA House Bill 243 - House Bill 243 will now require Notary applicants to sit for a pre-assessment test that will function as a gauge for how well they will do in taking the actual examination. Commissioned Notaries and attorneys will be exempt from having to take the pre-assessment test.

LawJun  11,  2014  - Washington
WA House Bill 1117 - House Bill 1117 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.

LawJun  02,  2014  - South Carolina
SC Senate Bill 356 - Senate Bill 356 comprehensively enacts Notary reforms long overdue. It contains definitions for important terms that impact how Notaries perform notarial acts, clear standards for identifying signers, provisions for assisting signers with physical challenges and a lengthy list of prohibited acts, all which are welcome changes. There are also some confusing provisions, which may require attention in future legislation or guidance from the Secretary of State.

LawJun  01,  2014  - Florida
FL Senate Bill 934 - Senate Bill 934 removes an outdated provision related to the Notary’s official seal.

RuleMay  28,  2014  - Nebraska
NE Administrative Rule (2014) - Section 64-119 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes authorizes the Secretary of State to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations relating to the administration of Sections 64-101 through 64-118 of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska. Final rules were adopted on May 28, 2014 and cover matters related to the commissioning of Notaries, notarizing documents, refusal to notarize, changes in status, and investigation of Notaries.

LawMay  05,  2014  - West Virginia
WV Senate Bill 3 - Senate Bill 3 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.

LawMay  01,  2014  - West Virginia
WV Senate Bill 582 - A number of states still have an office referred to as “commissioner of deeds,” which here permits the commissioner who resides within or outside of West Virginia to take acknowledgments, affidavits and depositions inside or outside the state if they will be filed or recorded in West Virginia. SB 582 clarifies the elements required to be included in the inking-stamp seal of a West Virginia Commissioner of Deeds.

LawApr  17,  2014  - Hawaii
HI Senate Bill 2229 - Hawaii enacts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA). If a power of attorney is presented for notarization, a Notary will need to know that a signer may sign the power of attorney or may direct another person to sign it for him or her. The Act doesn’t require a power of attorney to be notarized, but a court will presume the signature to be genuine if it is acknowledged before a Notary or an officer authorized to take acknowledgments.

LawApr  02,  2014  - Alabama
AL House Bill 630 - House Bill 630 adds a $5 surcharge to the filing fee for filing a Notary bond with the probate court in Fayette County.

RuleApr  01,  2014  - Maryland
MD Administrative Regulation 122597 2013 - In regulations implementing Chapter 425 of the Maryland Laws of 2013 (HB 102), the Secretary of State raises the fees a Notary Public may charge to $4 for each notarial act performed.

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