Here we go …
Q: Can’t I just say I’m witnessing everyone’s signatures instead of saying this is an acknowledgment or a verification on oath or affirmation, because I am actually witnessing it?
A: You cannot decide what notary act your customer needs. The customer must tell you what notary act they want.
Q: Can I still use my old register? The law says I can until my current commission expires.
A: Yes, you may continue to use your old register until your current commission expires. However, as of October 26, 2017, you are required to include the additional entries in your register, per the new notary public law – RULONA. PAN has a tutorial in the Member Portal of our Web site at http://www.notary.org on how to convert your register to include these new entries. Once you start your next commission, it is recommended that you obtain a journal.
Q: When a notary certificate says on oath or affirmation, if the document itself does not contain an affirmation, is the notary supposed to ask the customer to swear or affirm?
Q: Now that the prior seals are being referred to as stamps, if we have the word “seal” after a signature line in a document, should we delete those going forward?
A: No. There is no need to delete the word “seal” after a signature line in a document. Your notary stamp is your official seal as a notary public.