If you are a commissioned notary public, and you have been laid off, remember: you are still a notary.
Even if your employer paid for your appointment and notary equipment, your commission belongs to you. You took the notary oath of office when you appeared at the recorder of deeds office to record your commission and bond and register your signature.
Your notarial equipment —official stamp and notary journal— belongs to you, as well. You are responsible for the custody and control of your stamp and journal. (You may leave a copy of your journal with your employer, if requested, but you must retain the original journal.)
You are still bonded. The required $10,000 notary bond is recorded with your name on it.
If you purchased Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance, you are still insured.
Your employer should assist you in retrieving your stamp and journal; if there is a problem, you can call PAN President and CEO Marc L. Aronson to see what can be done. He can be reached at 800-944-8790, Ext. 113.
If you need to purchase a replacement stamp and journal, PAN can assist you. Call Customer Service at 800-944-8790.