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Notary Bulletin

When do I change my married name on my Notary commission?

My Notary commission will expire in October and I've recently changed my name because I got married. Can I take care of the name change when I apply for my new commission? — A.D., Texas

Yes, you can. You may continue to notarize documents using the name on your current commission. You will be required to notify the state of your name change when you renew your Notary commission.

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