You must replace your rubber stamp seal every four years when you renew your commission or upon changing your name, or municipality and/or county of record.
A former Franklin County notary who pleaded guilty to perjury and forgery was sentenced and ordered to pay more than $20,000 in restitution.
If one-stop shopping was the goal, then Allegheny County has achieved what it set out to accomplish with the notary commission process.
If you are leaving your job, don’t forget to take your notarial register with you.
Disciplinary actions announced by the Department of State included suspensions of notary commissions, probation, and civil penalties.
Patricia Lint made many mistakes in her more than 40 years as a notary. Those mistakes cost the western Pennsylvania woman her freedom. In 2006, police discovered her notary commission had expired and her seal had been confiscated by the Department of State. Yet she continued to pass herself off as a commissioned Pennsylvania notary, going so far as to use notary seals from other people. Lint was sentenced to one to two years in prison.