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Notary Bulletin

International

States Still Falling Short On REAL ID Requirements

The deadline for states to adopt REAL ID standards passed on January 15, 2013, and three quarters of U.S. states still fall short of the new requirements. Only 13 states currently issue driver’s licenses and other IDs that comply with the enhanced security standards, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

ABA President Warns Young Immigrants Against Notarios

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) top official recently issued a warning about “Notarios” who may try to take advantage of young immigrants following the launch of the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows certain undocumented residents brought to the U.S. as children to avoid deportation.

Malta Notary Reform Brings More Transparency, Efficiency, Quality

As part of an ongoing effort to streamline and reform its notarial system, Malta is implementing a series of amendments and regulations designed to create a more transparent reporting system, standardize its service model, and ensure consistent, high quality performance from its Notaries.

Foreign Investment In U.S. Real Estate Rises Sharply In 2012

The National Association of Realtors reports a significant increase in the number of foreigners purchasing American homes, with Canadians, Chinese and Mexican home purchasers now comprising the top three international investors in U.S. real estate.

New Russian Law Creates Nationwide, Unified Notarial Database

Russia last month enacted a new law creating rules of operation designed to improve the quality of notarial services throughout the country, as well as establishing a nationwide, federal database of all notarial acts.

Q&A: Elaine Wright Reflects On The Global Role Of The Notary

Elaine Wright, NNA’s 2009 Notary of The Year, loves traveling around the world and, as a dedicated Notary educator and Signing Agent, takes time during her sojourns to meet with Notaries worldwide. The International Section caught up with Elaine to discuss her recent trip to Australia and New Zealand and what she discovered after her encounter with Notaries Down Under.