[Saturday, April 29, 2017]
RULONA was enacted on October 9, 2013, with provisions relating to the Department’s authority to approve education courses, make regulations and set fees immediately effective. Under section 5 of RULONA, the remainder of RULONA shall take effect October 26, 2017, 180 days after publication of this notice.
The intervening 180 days will allow all new and renewing notaries public to become competent in the requirements of RULONA. The Department recommends, but does not require, that all notaries applying for appointment or reappointment in the next 6 months complete a RULONA-compliant education course.
On October 26, 2017, all remaining provisions of RULONA will become effective. These include major changes to the application process, such as a requirement that all applicants who do not hold an active notary commission, at the time their application is received by the Department, must pass an examination, and all notaries, new and renewing, must complete a 3-hour RULONA-compliant education course. These changes will apply to all applications received on or after October 26, 2017.
For further information on RULONA, including a summary of the changes instituted by RULONA, see www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/Notaries (select ”What to Know About RULONA”).
The appointment, commissioning and discipline of notaries public is performed by the Department’s Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, Division of Commissions, Legislation and Notaries (Division). Visit the Division’s web site at www.notaries.pa.gov for more information on notaries public. Further inquiries may be directed to the Division at 401 North Street, Room 210, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 787-5280, [email protected]
PEDRO A. CORTÉS,
If any PAN members have questions about RULONA, please call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-944-8790, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or E-mail us at [email protected].