Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: What Is The 'Right' Way To Audit My Employee's Notarial Journal? By NNA Staff on August 15, 2011 in Hotline Tips I need to conduct an audit of my employee’s notarial journal, but I want to make sure I do so correctly. Can you please help? - J.R., Clayton, California An employer of a Notary may request an inspection or copies of journal entries that are directly related to the employer’s business, as long as the inspection or copying is done in the Notary’s presence. An employer may also ask a Notary-employee to regularly provide copies of business-related entries from the journal. However, the Notary is not required to allow inspection or provide copies of journal entries that are not related to the employer’s business. Ultimately, the confidentiality and safekeeping of such journal copies are the employer’s responsibility. Notaries should never surrender control of their official journals to any employer when leaving a job. Even when an employer has paid for the Notary’s official journal — and regardless of whether the journal contains entries related to the employer’s business — the journal stays with the Notary upon termination of employment. Confronted with a tricky notarization? Unsure how to proceed? NNA members have unlimited access to our expertly trained NNA Hotline counselors to help you with all of your notarial questions. Call (888) 876-0827, Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST; Saturday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Email Share Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.