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MD Senate Bill 67


State: Maryland
Signed: May 16, 2023

Effective: October 01, 2023
Chapter: 666

Senate Bill 67 requires appointees for a civil commission, including Notary commissions, to contact the clerk of the circuit court to coordinate a time and place to take the oath of office and receive the commission.

Amends Section 2-302 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, General Provisions Article.

  1. Provides that after the Governor issues a civil commission and delivers the commission to the clerk of a circuit court, the appointee must contact the clerk to coordinate a time and place for the clerk to administer the appointee's oath of office and present the commission.

Senate Bill 67 doesn’t specifically mention that Notaries Public are impacted by the change requiring an appointment to be set with the clerk of the circuit court to take the oath of office and be presented with the commission, but the Maryland Secretary of State’s office has confirmed with the NNA that Notaries are impacted by the new law. The Secretary’s office noted that Notary commission appointees should contact their clerk of circuit court to follow any procedures and directions the clerk may have. Some may not set appointments and prefer to take walk-ins. Others may require an appointment and not take walk-ins.

Read Senate Bill 67.