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Lawmakers Push For Notary Education

Lawmakers in the Lone Star State have introduced a bill that would require Notary commission applicants to complete a training course — the latest in legislative efforts to mandate education for Notaries Public.

Texas’ HB 1954, introduced last month, would amend state statutes to require a minimum three-hour course on Notary laws, procedures and ethics if enacted.

Since 2000, eight states — California, Florida, Montana, Missouri, Colorado, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Nevada — have enacted Notary education requirements. A ninth — Arizona — has a provision authorizing the Secretary to require Notary education that has not been implemented yet.

David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association.

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