Notary Bulletin New Laws Mean A World Of Change For Oregon Notaries By David Thun on August 29, 2013 in Laws & Regulations Oregon has made extensive changes to its Notary laws and procedures, which go into effect on September 1. The top changes Oregon Notaries need to know include: ID Requirement Changes: Notaries may accept a signer ID that has been expired up to three years before the date of notarization. Notaries may accept a driver's instruction permit, provisional or limited term driver's license as proof of signer identity. Notaries may accept a U.S. government-issued ID from a signer that includes a photo and signature only. Previously, this ID could be accepted provided it had a physical description as well. Credible Witnesses: Signers may now be identified by credible identifying witnesses who present proof of identity from the statutory list of acceptable signer identification documents. Journals: Notaries may keep either a paper or electronic journal. Electronic journals must be accessible by the Secretary of State upon request. Notaries may have more than one journal at a time, but each journal must be in chronological order. Journal entries must be completed at the same time a notarial act is performed. Notaries must now keep a journal 10 years from the date of the last entry in the journal, up from seven years as the law required before. Stamps: A stamp impression must be reproducible if copied. Notaries may own more than one stamp, but are responsible for keeping all stamps secure from tampering or fraudulent use. Notarial Certificates: Notaries may correct any errors or omissions in a notarial certificate subsequent to the notarization. Notarizing for Relatives: Notaries may not notarize a document in which a spouse is named or directly benefits from. Unauthorized Practice of Law: The unauthorized practice of law is defined in greater detail, including assisting a person in drafting legal records, giving advice on legal matters and acting as an immigration consultant. Signature by Proxy: A disabled signer may now have another person sign a document on their behalf in the presence of a Notary and have this signature notarized. Electronic Notarization: After registering with the Secretary of State, a Notary may perform notarial acts on electronic records using a tamper-evident technology to affix the Notary's electronic signature. The new law adds several other changes, including an updated commission application and investigative process. The state has provided a summary of other Oregon law changes and the NNA will also be presenting a webinar in September to update Notaries on the state's new laws and procedures. David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association. 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.