Receiving a notice of appointment from the Secretary of the Commonwealth and obtaining a rubber stamp seal from a notary supply company does not mean that you may begin notarizing documents.
In Pennsylvania, an individual of any age can make an acknowledgment. However, identification of a minor may be a problem. Underage individuals may not have identification that meets the requirements of the Notary Public Law.
Remember: when filling out your notary commission application, the use of a middle name or middle initial is optional. Fill out the application with the name you will use as a notary. Please, no nicknames!
It can cost a notary $950 for failing to be sworn in, recording his or her bond and registering his or her signature as required by Pennsylvania Notary Public Law.
You must replace your rubber stamp seal every four years when you renew your commission or upon changing your name, or municipality and/or county of record.
Demand Personal Appearance.
Anyone who wants you to perform a notarial act must be in your presence, in person, at arm’s length, meaning no more than a few feet in front of you.
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Notary tidbit: The Pennsylvania Notary Public Law states that your notary rubber stamp seal is your exclusive property no matter who paid for it. If you are terminated by your employer, he or she IS NOT allowed (by law) to keep your notarial equipment, even if the company paid for it.
Always record your notary fees in your register.
A Power of Attorney does not normally require the services of a notary. As a notary, you may not compose a Power of Attorney because this is considered an unauthorized practice of law.