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AZ Senate Bill 1486

Notary Law Update: AZ Senate Bill 1486

State: Arizona

Summary:

Senate Bill 1486 makes a technical change allowing all Notaries who change their surnames to continue to notarize using the old name until commission expiration. Formerly, this was only allowed for name changes due to marriage.

Signed:  April 28, 2008

Effective:  August 08, 2008

Chapter: 91

Affects:

Amends Section 41-327 of the Arizona Revised Statutes

Changes:
  1. Clarifies that a Notary who changes his or her surname for any reason may continue to notarize using the official seal bearing the Notary’s previous name until the commission expires if the Notary signs the notarial certificate in the new surname and writes below the signature the name in which the Notary was commissioned.
  2. Repeals the provision requiring a Notary who changes his or her surname for any reason other than marriage to obtain a new commission in the new surname.
  3. Requires a Notary who changes his or her surname for any reason to notify the Secretary of State of the change within 30 days and categorizes a failure to notify the Secretary of a changed surname evidence of a failure to fully and faithfully discharge the duties of a Notary.
Analysis:

Senate Bill 1486 clarifies the procedures for notarizing when the Notary has changed his or her surname. The rules in the old statute permitted a Notary who changed his or her surname due to marriage to continue to use the official seal bearing the Notary’s prior name until the expiration of the commission. All changes in surname for reasons other than marriage had required the Notary immediately to obtain a new commission in the new surname.

Read the bill text.

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