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TX Senate Bill 1098

Notary Law Update: TX Senate Bill 1098

State: Texas

Summary:

Senate Bill 1098 makes changes to the information required to be recorded in a Notary's journal related to the addresses of parties to the notarization, as specified, and clarifies when a Notary must provide a certified copy of a record in the Notary's journal.

Signed:  June 12, 2017

Effective:  September 01, 2017

Chapter: TBD

Affects:

Amends Section 121.012 of the Civil Practices and Remedies Code and Sections 406.014 and Government Code

Changes:
  1. No longer requires a Notary to note a residence or alleged residence of the signer, grantor, maker, and credible witness, as applicable, in the required records of a Notary Public's book of records, and instead requires the Notary to note the individual's mailing address.
  2. No longer requires a Notary to provide a certified copy of any record in the Notary's office and instead clarifies that a Notary must provide a certified copy of any record of official acts in the Notary's book of records on request and payment of all fees.
  3. Amends the Civil Practice and Remedies Code to replace references to a residence or known or alleged residence, as applicable, in a statement of an acknowledgment or proof of a written instrument with references to a mailing address.
Analysis:

According to the bill analysis for SB 1098, many have raised concerns about laws requiring disclosure of a citizen's home address in certain public records and in the records of a Notary Public. SB 1098 seeks to address these issues by reforming the law regarding Notary Public records and acknowledgements or proofs of certain written instruments. The bill also clarifies that a Notary must provide a certified copy of any record of official acts in the Notary's book of records on request and payment of all fees.

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