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Law Updates

Aug  22,  2013  - Arizona
AZ Senate Bill 1094 - Senate Bill 1094 makes it a class 1 misdemeanor, the highest type of misdemeanor, to willfully impersonate a Notary Public. The bill also makes it a class 6 felony, the lowest type of felony, for any vendor of Notary seals to produce a seal without obtaining and retaining a copy of the Notary’s commission for 4 years.

Aug  21,  2013  - Arkansas
AR Senate Bill 807 - Senate Bill 807 makes a number of changes affecting the commissioning process and practice of Notaries in the state, including statements an applicant must make on the application for a commission and clarifying the color of ink Notaries must use in signing and sealing notarial certificates.

Aug  09,  2013  - New Jersey
NJ Assembly Bill 3818 - The “federal E-sign” act and the state Uniform Electronic Transactions Act are intended to facilitate the use of electronic records and signatures in commerce by ensuring the validity and legal effect of contracts entered into electronically. Under the “federal E-sign” act, the definition of “transaction” specifically includes the sale, lease, exchange or other disposition of any interest in real property, or any combination thereof. AB 3818 amends the State UETA to include similar language.

Jul  31,  2013  - Iowa
IA Administrative Rule (Certificates and Sanctions) - The Iowa Secretary of State amends its administrative rules for Notaries in light of its enactment of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA).

Jul  19,  2013  - Arkansas
AR Senate Bill 1137 - Senate Bill 1137 creates a “scrivener’s affidavit” for the purpose of correcting certain errors in documents affecting the title to real property that are recorded with a county recorder. The scrivener’s affidavit is required to be sworn and acknowledged before a Notary or notarial officer. The bill contains a statutory scrivener’s affidavit form.

Jul  19,  2013  - Arkansas
AR Senate Bill 1013 - Senate Bill 1013 requires an advance health care directive to either be notarized or witnessed by two witnesses.

Jul  01,  2013  - Wyoming
WY House Bill 98 - House Bill 98 raises the fee paid to the county clerk for filing the first page of a Notary bond or commission from $8 to $12.

Jul  01,  2013  - Virginia
VA House Bill 2055 - House Bill 2055 no longer requires an applicant for a Notary commission to be a U.S. citizen, but requires an applicant to be a legal resident of the U.S., and authorizes the Secretary of the Commonwealth to revoke the commission of a Notary who ceases to be a legal resident of the U.S.

Jul  01,  2013  - Virginia
VA Senate Bill 1093 - Senate Bill 1093 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.

Jul  01,  2013  - Idaho
ID House Bill 30 - House Bill 30 broadens the definition of “oath” to include declarations made under penalty of perjury. Such unsworn declarations do not need to be made before a Notary or notarial officer and do not apply to the taking of acknowledgments.

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