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Dealing With A Lost Notary Journal

New Hotline Resized 3I lost my Notary journal. What do I do? — K.M., Texas

If your Notary journal has been misplaced or lost, send a letter to the Secretary of State’s Legal Support Unit (see the address below), detailing the circumstances in which the journal went missing, the last time you used it, and any other relevant information.

If your Notary seal or journal have been stolen, you should file a report with your local law enforcement office and enclose a copy of that report with your letter to the Secretary. Send the letter to the Legal Support Unit, P.O. Box 13550, Austin, Texas 78711-3550.

Notaries in other states should follow their own state’s rules and procedures for reporting a missing or stolen journal.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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

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