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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

Rosemary Mathews

13 Apr 2021

Sometimes an official document has a notary certificate but there is no provision for a venue. Is it alright (or is it necessary) if I write in the venue when it is not provided on the official document? I'm in NM.

National Notary Association

13 Apr 2021

Hello. In New Mexico, NMSA 14-14-7.A indicates that the venue shall be included. When notary wording does not include a space for the venue, you may simply write in the required information above the Notary wording.

Lisa Liang

14 Apr 2021

Hi, I am a notary in California. Please let me know if the state has pasted the law for remote online notarization. Thank you. Lisa Liang

National Notary Association

15 Apr 2021

Hello. No, California has not passed a law authorizing RON at this time.

Vivian Sickinger

27 Apr 2021

If a notary doesn't enter her expiration date can that void the contract?

National Notary Association

29 Apr 2021

Hello. We're sorry, but that is a legal question that must be answered by a qualified attorney.

02 Aug 2021

Hello I am a notary in the state of New Mexico. My stamp has a place for me to write in the date will this be acceptable?

National Notary Association

17 Aug 2021

Hello. In New Mexico, an inked Notary stamp must contain the following elements: “Official Seal”; Name of Notary;* “Notary Public – State of New Mexico”; “My Commission Expires ________ (date)”;** New Mexico state seal. The Notary’s name consists of a “surname and one given name, plus an initial or additional name if the (Notary) so desires, or surname and at least two initials” (NMSA 14-12A-4.C). Titles (e.g., Dr. or Prof.) may not be placed on the seal. ** The commission expiration date must be written in by hand.

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