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MN House File 794

Notary Law Update: MN House File 794

State: Minnesota

Summary:

House File 794 provides an exception to using a Notary seal on certain plat maps, registered land surveys, and common interest community plat or supplemental plats.

Signed:  April 21, 2015

Effective:  August 01, 2015

Chapter: 7

Affects:

Amends Minnesota Statutes 359.47

Changes:
  1. Clarifies that (a) a plat map as described in MS 505.021; (b) a registered land survey as described in MS 508.47 or 508A.47; or (c) a common interest community (CIC) plat or supplemental CIC plat as described in MS 515B must be recorded regardless of whether a Notary stamp was used or was illegible if used, provided a certificate of notarial act that includes the jurisdiction of the notarial act, the name and title of the notarial officer, and the date the Notary commission expires is printed in pen and ink or typewritten on the plat, the registered land survey, or the CIC plat or supplemental CIC plat.
Analysis:

In order to entitle a document to be recorded in the land records, it must be acknowledged before a Notary or notarial officer. However, certain documents created on mylar repel the ink from standard Notary seals. Often seals on these documents are rendered illegible or are smudged. So, effective August 1, 2015, a plat map, registered land survey or CIC plat or supplemental CIC plat must be recorded whether or not it contains a Notary seal, or a smudged or illegible seal, provided certain information typically found in a Notary seal is printed in pen and ink or typewritten on the plat, land survey or CIC plat or supplemental CIC plat. That information includes the jurisdiction of the notarial act (state and county in which the act was performed), the name and title of the notarial officer, and, if notarized by a Notary, the Notary's commission expiration date.

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