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What Is ... Misconduct?

Misconduct is willfully improper or dishonest behavior on the part of a Notary. Deliberately backdating a document, overcharging for a notarization, or notarizing for a signer who is not present or who clearly is unaware or being coerced are all examples of potential misconduct.

Willfully committing misconduct can result in severe penalties. You could face the loss of your commission, civil liability, and, possibly, criminal charges and prison time if the misconduct helped perpetrate fraud, embezzlement or another crime.

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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