For the next several weeks, PAN will highlight a question or two that we have received since October 26, 2017, when the new notary law – RULONA – became effective.
Q: How do we know which notaries this new law applies to?
A: There are 87,000+ Pennsylvania notaries. The Department of State is requiring ALL notaries in the Commonwealth to abide by the requirements of the new law.
Q: Why does so much more information need to be recorded in the new journal?
A: While it is more work to fill in the extra entries in the journal for each notarization you complete, the journal is your best defense against an accusation of misconduct or fraud. By filling out the journal entries completely and in chronological order, if a question ever arose about a notarization you completed, your journal will prove that you fulfilled your notarial duties to the best of your abilities.