What would you do?
If you received your new notary stamp, but you were unable to get sworn into office because your county recorder of deeds office is closed, could you continue to notarize using your old or new stamp?
The answer is no you cannot notarize at all. The COVID-19 emergency did not change the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) which requires a notary to get sworn into office and register their signature. This section of the law spells out the final portion of the commissioning process.
Since the recorder of deeds office is closed in this situation, an extension may be granted to get sworn in. However, this may differ from county to county. Once county offices are permitted to reopen, a phone call to ask about an extension is warranted. Then ask if you need to make an appointment to get sworn into office.
Until the county recorder of deeds’ office reopens and you get sworn in, do not notarize.