Chances are you’ve already completed the required three hours of notary education when you applied for your commission.
Notary education is mandatory unless you were sworn in and had a valid notary commission on or before July 1, 2003. If so, you are permanently exempt from the education requirement.
If you weren’t a commissioned notary on July 1, 2003, you must fulfill the education requirement every time you seek reappointment. This includes:
- Individuals appointed before July 1, 2003, but who failed to be sworn in;
- Individuals who resigned or permitted their commissions to expire before July 1, 2003 and did not apply for reappointment; and
- Individuals whose commissions were revoked by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
PAN’s Notary Reappointment seminar is a three-hour morning class that fulfills Pennsylvania’s educational requirement and provides a review of the nine steps of notarization procedures; the official notary powers, including an in-depth look at affidavits and acknowledgments; problem documents; complex documents; and electronic notarization.
If you’ve completed the required educational work as part of the appointment or reappointment process, what about a little extra education that could make the difference in your knowledge and value as a notary?
In addition to First Time Notary and Notary Reappointment seminars, PAN also offers Everyday Notary Challenges, Information Security & Identity Theft and Motor Vehicle seminars.
- Everyday Notary Challenges focuses on problem documents, wills, powers of attorney, and complex documents like mortgages.
- Employed by a bank or just interested in protecting yourself and your customers from identity theft? The Information Security & Identity Theft seminar deals with how to protect your own and your customers’ information, and what to do if your identity is stolen.”Notaries come in contact with customers’ personal information all the time. This is an especially beneficial class for them,” said Brian Dowd of PAN’s business development office. “It’s a course where you can learn to protect yourself and your customers from identity theft.”
- The motor vehicle seminars — MVcourse Basic and MVcourse Advanced provide intensive instruction on Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicle policies and procedures.
- MVcourse Basic is required training for new motor vehicle agents and their employees who have less than five years’ motor vehicle experience. The seminar includes basic form completion with motor vehicle certificates of title, forms MV-1, MV-4ST, MV-120, Pennsylvania insurance requirements, determining motor vehicle fair market values and more.
- MVcourse Advanced is for experienced agents (five or more years) to review standard Department of Motor Vehicle policies and procedures and update agent services of new procedures including re-issuing temporary registrations, new requirements under privacy of information laws, Pennsylvania’s Electronic Lien and Title Program (ELT), and resources now available through the Department of Transportation Web site.
If you don’t have time to attend a seminar in person, PAN has other educational products, such as home study courses, CD-ROM and online instruction. These products are also approved by the Department of State.
Add to your overall notary knowledge and choose the educational format that best fits your needs.
For more information on PAN’s educational seminars, click the Education tab above.