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What Do I Do With A Deceased Notary’s Tools?

New Hotline Resized 3My wife was a Notary Public. She passed away in August 2018. Is there anything that I should do with her Notary stamp and log book? The last entry I see in her log book is from 2016. — C.H., Maryland


Notary journals should be retained for at least five years. (Maryland Secretary of State’s website, “Duties and Responsibilities”). The Notary seal/stamp should be defaced so it no longer makes a clear impression and then it may be discarded.

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