Author Archives: Academy of Notaries Public

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New Identification Documents

The identity of the signer is established by the notary public’s reasonable reliance on the presentation of any of the following identification forms. There are two specific sets of paper identification documents, Primary and Secondary each having certain requirements. The Primary Group has five identification documents which must be either: Current or has been Issued […]

Responding to SOS

Communicating with the Secretary of State Communications between the Secretary of State and notaries public to be made by certified mail, or the use of any other means of physical delivery that provides a receipt for these communications, (for example: FedEx, USPS, UPS). A notary public has two separate duties to respond to written requests […]

Maximum Notarial Fee Increases

Acknowledgment – $15 – For an Acknowledgment or proof of a deed, or other instrument, including the seal and writing the certificate, $15 for each signature. Jurat – $15 – For administering an oath or affirmation to one person and executing the Jurat, including the seal, $15 for each signature. Deposition – $30 – For […]

Lost or Stolen Journal Requirments

If the sequential journal is stolen, lost, misplaced, destroyed, damaged, or otherwise rendered unusable, the notary public must immediately notify the Secretary of State by certified or registered mail. The notification must include: The periods of journal entries The notary public commission number The commission expiration date When applicable, a photocopy of the police report […]

What do I do with my notary public journal and stamp once my commission is no longer valid?

This is a common question the Secretary of State’s website answers well: If any notary public resigns, is disqualified, removed from office, or allows his or her appointment to expire without obtaining reappointment within 30 days, all notarial records and papers must be delivered to the clerk of the county in which the notary public’s […]