PAN phone lines have been ringing off the hook in the past several weeks since our members learned about the new notary public law (RULONA) and the education requirement. Let’s clear up the confusion. ALL notaries will be required to take education. This includes those individuals who were exempt from education because they were notaries on July 1, 2003.
Notaries will only need to take education when they apply for a new commission. If you are currently exempt from education, you do not need to take education before October 26, 2017, when the new notary public law becomes effective. So if your commission expires sometime in 2018 (or later), you will need to take either live classroom education or an online course from an education vendor that has been approved by the Department of State, such as PAN, when you begin your reappointment process.
All first time notaries will be required to take a notary exam after they have completed the mandatory three hours of notary education. The exam is given by Pearson VUE, a company that specializes in testing for various service industries.
Reappointing notaries do not need to take the exam unless they have a lapse between their commissions or if they fail to take the oath of office, register their bond and signature within the 45 days from the date you were appointed.