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Law

AR House Bill 1119

Notary Law Update: AR House Bill 1119

State: Arkansas

Summary:

House Bill 1119 allows nonresident spouses of a U.S. military service member employed or operating a business in Arkansas to apply to become an Arkansas Notary.

Signed:  February 27, 2019

Effective:  July 25, 2019

Chapter: Act No. 215

Affects:

Amends Arkansas Code 21-14-101 and 21-24-102.

Changes:
  1. Clarifies that an applicant for a Notary commission who is a resident of another state must be a legal resident of that state and employed or operating a business in Arkansas. 
  2. Clarifies that a nonresident spouse of a U.S. military service member employed or operating a business in Arkansas may apply to become an Arkansas Notary.
  3. Requires an applicant who is a nonresident spouse of a U.S. military service member employed or operating a business in Arkansas to include with the application one copy of a U.S. Department of Defense DD Form 1173 or a U.S. Department of Defense Form 1173-1 (known as a Uniformed Services Identification Privilege Card). 
  4. Requires an applicant for a Notary commission to state on the application the address of his or her place of employment, business or residence in Arkansas. 
  5. Requires a nonresidence spouse of a U.S. military service member who applies for a Notary commission to file the Notary bond in the county of his or her place of employment or business and sign the declaration required by Arkansas Code 21-14-101(g)(1). 
  6. Provides that upon receiving a notification of a change in place of employment of a Notary who is a nonresident spouse of a U.S. military service member, the Secretary of State must transfer that Notary's appointment and commission to the new county of employment.
Analysis:

House Bill 1119 makes clarifications regarding nonresidents of Arkansas who apply for a Notary commission in Arkansas. The main part of the new law is the authorization for nonresident spouses of U.S. military service members employed or operating a business in Arkansas to apply for an Arkansas Notary commission. These applicants must provide certain U.S. Department of Defense papers as part of the application and file their oath of office and the declaration all applicants must make in the county of employment.

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