MO Senate Bill 420l

Law

State: Missouri
Signed: July 13, 2005

Effective: August 28, 2005
Chapter: N/A

Summary

This new Missouri law offers perhaps the most generous dispensation of all to attorneys – automatic status as a Notary to any attorney licensed to practice in the state. 

Affects

Amends the Revised Statutes of Missouri Chapter 486.200

Changes
  1. Amends the definition of “Notary Public” to include any attorney licensed to practice in Missouri.
Analysis

Some states offer shortcuts or advantages to attorneys who want to become Notaries, such as exemptions from a qualifying test (NY) or course (NC), or lifetime commissions (OH, WI). This new Missouri law offers perhaps the most generous dispensation of all to attorneys – automatic status as a Notary to any attorney licensed to practice in the state. The NNA opposed Senate Bill 420 since it believes that all persons should qualify for the office of Notary Public in the same manner and take the same courses and tests to prove their knowledge of notarial practices and principles. However, it remains unclear at this time whether or not attorneys in Missouri will have to take the mandatory educational course, keep a journal, and use a seal, as all other commissioned Missouri Notaries must do.

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