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Did Hawaii change its Notary certificate wording?

Did Hawaii recently change the wording for a Notary certification? Can you tell why it was changed?J.Y., Hawaii

Yes, Hawaii made changes to the certification statement effective Jan 1, 2021, when it changed the penalties for failure to complete a certification statement.   

Chapter 20 of the Laws of Hawaii (Senate Bill 2275), effective January 1, 2021, now requires the following information to be included in the certification statement:

  • The date of notarization;
  • The Notary Public’s signature;
  • The Notary Public’s printed name;
  • The Notary Public’s commission expiration date;
  • The Notary Public’s seal; and
  • The jurisdiction in which the notarial act is performed.

No longer must the certification statement contain the document being notarized, the number of pages, and the date of the document. At the time of publication, the Hawaii Attorney General has published an amendment to Hawaii Administrative Code Section 5-11-8 removing this information from the Notary’s certification statement.

You may view all of the changes here — HI Senate Bill 2275.

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