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Can Anyone Look Through My Notary Journal?

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I had a request from someone to look through my journal. Is that allowed in the State of Alabama?D.M., Alabama

There isn’t a specific statute in the Alabama Code that addresses this issue. As an Alabama Notary, you are not required to keep a journal. We commend you for doing so. If someone requests to look at your journal, we recommend following The Notary Code of Professional Responsibility, which suggests (VIII-B-1) that any requests to inspect an entry in your journal to be made in writing and specify:

  • The month and year of the notarization;
  • The document type; and
  • The name of the signer(s).

When providing access to a record entry or a photocopy of a record entry, we recommend that other unrelated entries on the page be covered to protect the privacy of other signers.

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Mike Dailey

14 Mar 2017

Does the state of Missouri require a notary keep a Notary Journal

National Notary Association

14 Mar 2017

Hello. Yes, Every Missouri Notary must “provide and keep a permanently bound journal of his or her notarial acts containing numbered pages” (RSMo 486.260). This must be “a true and perfect record of his or her official acts” (RSMo 486.265).

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