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Law

MD Senate Bill 212

Notary Law Update: MD Senate Bill 212

State: Maryland

Summary:
Senate Bill 212 makes a minor change to the information that must be included in the Notary's official stamp to conform the stamp with the law in effect prior to the enactment of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts.

Signed:  April 13, 2021

Effective:  July 01, 2021

Chapter: 126

Affects:
Amends Annotated Code of Maryland, State Government Section 18-217.

Changes:
  1. No longer requires the "jurisdiction" of the Notary to be included in the Notary's official stamp.
  2. Clarifies that if the Notary resides in Maryland, the Notary's county of residence must be in the official stamp and that if the Notary resides outside Maryland, the name of the county where the Notary qualified must be in the official stamp.
Analysis:
In enacting the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts, the Maryland General Assembly enacted the provision in the RULONA stating the Notary's jurisdiction must be in the official stamp. Maryland requires the words "Notary Public," the county (or Baltimore City) in which the Notary is commissioned to appear in the official stamp. Having "jurisdiction" was redundancy, and thus, Senate Bill 212 removes it. The "jurisdiction" typically includes the state in which the Notary is commissioned. While the words "State of Maryland" or "Maryland" technically are not required in the official stamp, the Notary may add them. 

Read the bill text.

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