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Notary Bulletin

Do I Need To Write My Commission Expiration Date On Documents?

I notarize liens at my job. At the bottom of the Notary wording, it says "My commission expires" but there is nowhere to write the date. If the date of expiration is on my stamp, does that need to be there?J.R., Arkansas

It is best to include it nearby the statement in the certificate simply to be safe. Arkansas statute does require a Notary to include the Notary’s commission expiration date on the certificate as well as in the seal. Usually the fact that it appears in your seal should be adequate, but including near the statement “My commission expires” as well will ensure the document is not rejected.

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20 Jul 2020

In Oregon you do and I am sure it is like that all over

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