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Hotline Tip: How Do I Change My Name On My Notary Stamp And License?

NNA Hotline Tips For NotariesI recently got married and I have already changed my name on my Social Security card and driver’s license, but how do I get my name changed on my Notary stamp and license? - J.S., Shohola, PA

A Pennsylvania Notary who changes his or her name may continue to notarize using the original name until their commission expires, whereupon any application for a new commission must be made in the new name (57 PS 156).

Within 30 days of the name change, the Notary must inform the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the recorder of deeds of the county in which the Notary maintains an office.

The Notary may opt to use the new name when notarizing but only after notifying the recorder of deeds, registering the new signature with the prothonotary, purchasing a new rubber seal and informing the Department of State in writing. A notification form is available on the Department of State'swebsite.

 

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alicia

08 Nov 2014

Currently in process of getting married in Texas how do I change my name on my notary stamp or can I keep maiden name

National Notary Association

14 Nov 2014

Hi Alicia. A TX Notary may change the name on his or her commission by sending the Secretary of State an application form (Form 2305 or 2035-NB for Notaries without bonds), the current commission, and if applicable a rider or endorsement from the Notary's surety firm showing the name change and a $20 filing fee. Name changes are optional, you may use the current name on your Notary commission until the commission expires.

National Notary Association

04 Nov 2014

Hi Kimberly, You will need to request an amended commission from the Secretary of State's office within 60 days of the name change. You will also need to submit a rider to your surety bond along with the notice of change form. (FS 117.05[9])

Kimberly Smith

31 Oct 2014

I recently got married , my social sec card has been changed and I am changing my driver's license on Tues Nov. 4th, I am in Florida. What is the Law in changing my notary?

National Notary Association

04 Sep 2014

Hello Fabiana, You will need to file a change of name notification form with the Secretary of State's office within 30 days after changing your name. The form is available online at the Arizona Secretary of State's website: http://www.azsos.gov/business_services/forms/notary/Address_Name_Change.pdf

Fabiana

04 Sep 2014

I recently got married, I am located in AZ and need some assistance in where I can contact or change my information

National Notary Association

05 Aug 2014

Hello Kathleen, Whenever a New Jersey Notary Public adopts a different name, before notarizing any documents, he/she must notify the State Treasurer and clerk of the county in which he/she resides by submitting a form furnished by the State Treasurer. Change request forms are available online, from the Business Services Customer Information Center, P.O. Box 452, Trenton, NJ 08646 or from the telephone forms line — (609) 292-9292, option #2 on the voice menu. There is a $25 fee for a name change (website, “Fees”) A Pennsylvania Notary whose name changes may continue to notarize in the original name until commission expiration, where upon any application for a new commission must be made in the new name (57 PS 156). Within 30 days of any name change, however, the Notary must inform the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the recorder of deeds of the county in which the Notary maintains an office. The Notary may opt to use the new name when notarizing but only after so notifying the recorder of deeds, registering the new signature with the prothonotary, purchasing a new rubber stamp seal and informing the Department of State in writing. Name change forms are available at http://www.dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/update_your_information/12650, both “printable” and online; one of these must be used.

Kathleen Maffei

05 Aug 2014

I am recently divorced and have changed my name back to my maiden name but married name still appears on my NJ and PA stamps. Can I use my married name until my commissions expire and then just change them when I have to renew? Please advise.

Beata

17 Jul 2014

I need to change my name in Illinois. Please advise

National Notary Association

17 Jul 2014

Hi Beata. You will need to apply for a new Illinois Notary commission under the new name. You can contact our Customer Care Department at 1-800-876-6827 or CustomerService@nationalnotary.org for assistance, or contact the Secretary of State's office online at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/notary/home.html.

National Notary Association

16 Jul 2014

Hi Andrea. You will need to contact the Secretary of State's office to request a corrected Notary commission. If you obtained your commission through the NNA, our Customer Care Department can assist you-you can contact them at 1-800-876-6827 or CustomerService@nationalnotary.org. You can also contact the Michigan Secretary of State's office directly at 1-888-767-6424 or online at www.michigan.gov/sos/.

Andrea Nixon

16 Jul 2014

I will be facing the same situation in October of next year. I will be taking my new husband's name I am in Michigan. Please advise.

Leila Nolan

16 Jul 2014

I have the same situation in FL and have already received my new SS card and driver's license. Can you advise for Florida?

National Notary Association

16 Jul 2014

Hi Leila. A Notary who changes his or her name in Florida must request an amended commission within 60 days of the name change through an approved bonding agency. (A list of approved bonding agencies is available at notaries.dos.state.fl.us/notagn97.html) You will need to submit: 1. A completed notice of name change form (DS-DE 77A) 2.Your current commission 3.A rider to current notary public bond 4.$25 check or money order (payable to Department of State) After submitting the notice of name change form and rider, a Florida Notary may continue to perform notarial acts in his or her former name for 60 days or until receipt of the amended commission, whichever date is earlier. If you obtained your commission from the NNA, you can contact our Customer Care department for assistance at 1-800-876-6827 or CustomerService@NationalNotary.org. More information is also available at notaries.dos.state.fl.us/notary.html.

National Notary Association

16 Jul 2014

Hi Rene! A Nevada Notary who changes his or her name must apply for an amended certificate of appointment under the new name. The Secretary of State's office charges a $10 fee to amend a certificate. If you need assistance with applying for an amended certificate, you can contact our Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827 or CustomerService@nationalnotary.org, and there is also information available on the NV Secretary of State's website at nvsos.gov. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance. Have a great day.

Rene Erard

15 Jul 2014

I have this same situation in Nevada. Can you advise for Nevada? I should be getting my updated social security card next week in the mail.

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