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Do I Have To Complete My Old Journal Before Starting A New One?

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Must I completely fill my current journal before I begin using my new journal? My new journal has places for fingerprints which I want to start using and the old one does not.J.A., Pennsylvania

You may start using your new journal before you finish the old one, but we recommend permanently retiring the old journal. (Pennsylvania refers to the journal as a “Register of Notarial Acts.”).

As a professional practice, it is recommended that a Notary draw a diagonal line through the remaining blank pages of the old journal with a note that you are continuing in a new journal. 

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16 Oct 2021

I've realized that my current journal takes awhile for loan doc notarizations. Due to this, I've purchased a modern journal. In California, can I do what was mentioned above in the article or do I have to wait until I complete my current journal?

National Notary Association

07 Dec 2021

Hello. Yes, but once you stop using the old journal you cannot got back to it and continue to use it.

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