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Law

NH House Bill 256

Notary Law Update: NH House Bill 256

State: New Hampshire

Summary:

House Bill 256 allows a resident of an abutting state who is a Notary in that state and who carries on a trade, business, or practice in New Hampshire to become a New Hampshire Notary.

Signed:  June 11, 2019

Effective:  August 04, 2019

Chapter: 47

Affects:

Amends Section 455:2 of the Revised Statutes Annotated of New Hampshire.

Changes:
  1. Permits a resident from an abutting state to be commissioned as a New Hampshire Notary if he or she is regularly employed or carry on a trade, business, or practice in New Hampshire at the time of applying and is a Notary in the abutting state.
  2. Requires a nonresident seeking a New Hampshire Notary commission to submit with the application for the commission the application fee and an affidavit stating that he or she is a resident of an abutting state, is a Notary in that state and is regularly employed or carries on a trade, business, or practice in New Hampshire.
Analysis:

House Bill 256 continues the trend of states to allow nonresidents of other states to become Notaries Public in their states. HB 256 is unique in that it requires the applicant to reside in an "abutting" state. An abutting state is one that touches New Hampshire. This would allow residents of Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York to qualify. In addition, HB 256 requires the nonresident to be a Notary in the abutting state, and to submit an affidavit with the application that he or she is in fact a Notary in that state.

Read the bill text.

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