First-time notary applicant and PAN member, Robin Carson, admitted she was nervous about taking the notary exam. [Read more…] about Experiencing the Notary Exam
Notary Public Law (RULONA)
We’ve answered a wide variety of your questions on RULONA, including those on the journal, education and notary wording. Here are some examples of the questions PAN has fielded since October 26, 2017 when the law became effective: [Read more…] about Questions About RULONA
When filling out your notary application, you must use your “legal” name. According to the new notary public law, the legal name on the notary public commission and oath of office must be proven by “satisfactory evidence,” i.e., a driver’s license, passport, passport card, etc.
The law says that the “name of a notary public consists of any one of the following:
- A first personal name (first name), additional name(s) or initial(s), middle name or initial, and last name;
- A first name and last name, omitting the middle name or middle initial;
- A first initial, middle name and last name.
Neither initials alone nor nicknames will be accepted on the application or as part of the signature required on a notarial act.”
It does not matter what name you are known by, the name on your notary application, commission and when notarizing documents must be your legal name.
The name of the notary public may include suffixes such as Junior, Senior, II, III, IV or any abbreviations thereof. However, the notary public’s name may not include prefixes, suffixes or titles such as Doctor, Reverend or Esquire or any abbreviations.
For the past 10 weeks, we have been leading up to the start of the effective date of the new notary public law in Pennsylvania by hosting a PAN Trivia contest on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PaAssocNotaries/.
We’ve posted RULONA-related questions and selected weekly winners from those who answered correctly. Then on Fridays, one of our PAN instructors pulled the name of a weekly winner via video, which was also posted on Facebook.
Kudos to PAN Instructors Brian Crocker, Heather Carbonara and Jon Marencel for volunteering to serve as video hosts during the last 10 weeks and giving out some great PAN prizes to those lucky winners. They did a fabulous job.
Tune in to PAN’s Facebook page on Thursday, October 26 for the last weekly PAN Trivia contest. There’s going to be a prize or two or three. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, we have been getting lots of Instagram views lately.
If you’ve enjoyed participating in PAN Trivia, we’ll be holding monthly PAN Trivia contests starting in November.
As of October 26, 2017, renewing Pennsylvania notaries who have a lapse in their commissions (even just one day) or do not get sworn into office within 45 days from the date their commission begins, will be required to take the notary examination. [Read more…] about How to Avoid Taking the Notary Exam
There is misinformation out there regarding Pennsylvania’s new notary public law (RULONA), effective on October 26, 2017.
Getting the word out to Pennsylvania’s 80,000 notaries about the new notary public law is a daunting task. Here at the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries (PAN), we certainly appreciate well-meaning individuals and organizations who want to help with that endeavor.
But when it comes to this new law, there’s no better place than PAN to get accurate information.
Visit our Web site at http://www.notary.org/RULONA for an informative white paper and other available resources.