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LA House Bill 361

Notary Law Update: LA House Bill 361

State: Louisiana

Summary:

HB 361 permits a Notary validly commissioned in his or her parish to notarize in all adjacent parishes with a population of less than 40,000 and in which he or his employer maintains an office without having to submit an additional bond or application, or having to take an examination. In addition, the Notary no longer must file the affidavit stating the location of his or her office and obtain a dual commission.

Signed:  June 05, 2012

Effective:  August 01, 2012

Chapter: Act No. 492

Affects:

Amends Section 35:191(A)(2) of the Louisiana Revised Statutes

Changes:
  1. Permits a Notary validly commissioned in his or her parish to notarize in all adjacent parishes with a population of less than 40,000 and in which he or his employer maintains an office without having to submit an additional bond or application, or having to take an examination.
  2. Repeals prior provisions requiring a Notary notarizing in adjacent parishes under this Code section to file with the Secretary of State an affidavit giving the location of his or her office and obtain a dual commission.
Analysis:

In Louisiana, Notaries Public are appointed in and for the parish of their residence and may be appointed in an adjacent parish in which they maintain an office. The law further provides that Notaries appointed in their parish of residence may exercise the functions of a Notary in an adjacent parish with a population less than 35,000 and in which they maintain an office without the requirements of additional bonding or further application or examination. However, the law requires the Notary to file an affidavit with the Secretary of State and requires the applicant to obtain a dual commission. HB 361 permits a Notary validly commissioned in his or her parish to notarize in all adjacent parishes with a population of less than 40,000 and in which he or his employer maintains an office without having to submit an additional bond or application, or having to take an examination. In addition, the Notary no longer must file the affidavit stating the location of his or her office and obtain a dual commission.

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