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Do I Need To Keep A Notary Journal?

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Do I need to keep a Notary record book? What information should be included?K.R., Texas

Yes. A Texas Notary Public is required to maintain a record book. This record book must be maintained whether or not any fees are charged for your Notary services. The following information must be included in the record book for each notarization (Tex. Gov’t Code §406.014):

-The date of each document notarized

-The date on which the notarization was performed

-The name of the signer

-The signer’s residence address

-A statement of how the signer was identified:

  • If by personal knowledge, the words, “Personal Knowledge”
  • If by an ID card, the type of ID issued by a governmental agency or the words, “Passport” if the ID is a passport issued by the United States, or “foreign passport” and the name of the issuing country, if the document is a deed or document relating to a residential real estate transaction
  • If by a credible identifying witness, the credible witness’s name and residence address

-In the case of a proof, the residence address of the subscribing witness and whether the subscribing witness was personally known or identified by a credible identifying witness

-The name and residence address of the grantee (the recipient of the property), if applicable

-If land is conveyed or charged, the name and residence address of the original grantee and the county where the land is located

-A brief description of the document or proceeding, e.g., grant deed, affidavit of loss, oath of office, etc.

The document signer is not required to sign the record book.

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Cheryl Kotalik

31 May 2016

This article addresses Texas only, it appears to me. What about other states? Thank you.

National Notary Association

02 Jun 2016

Hello. If you have a question about the journal requirements of a particular state, please let us know what state you would like information about and we'll be happy to answer.

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