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WY Senate File 171

Notary Law Update: WY Senate File 171

State: Wyoming

Summary:

Senate File 171 removes the protections a Notary imparts to documentary transactions requiring a sworn oath or affirmation and classifies a false signing on penalty of perjury without the presence of a Notary as a felony on par with the felony of false swearing.

Signed:  March 04, 2007

Effective:  July 01, 2007

Chapter: 199

Affects:

Creates a new Section 1-2-104 in and amends Section 6-5-303 of the Wyoming Statutes

Changes:
  1. Permits a person to certify in writing “under the penalty of false swearing” in any matter requiring a sworn statement, declaration, verification, certificate, oath or affidavit unless it is a deposition, an acknowledgment, an oath of office or an oath required to be taken before a specified official other than a Notary.
  2. Provides that any person who knowingly makes a false certification is guilty of false swearing, a felony punishable by imprisonment of up to 2 years, fine up to $2,000, or both.
Analysis:

In an act whose likely justification was to spare the public the inconvenience of seeking out a Notary, Senate File 171 unwisely removes the protections a Notary imparts to documentary transactions requiring a sworn oath or affirmation and classifies a false signing on penalty of perjury without the presence of a Notary as a felony on par with the felony of false swearing. Without a Notary to witness this “certification,” any person can now easily and conveniently disavow having made such a statement in order to evade a perjury charge. As of July 1, 2007, documentary transactions in Wyoming will be less secure as a result.

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