Mary Lou, a notary public in western Pennsylvania, always kept her register in her briefcase. One evening, she left the briefcase in her car, which was parked in the driveway of her home. The next morning, Mary Lou discovered that her car had been broken into and her briefcase stolen.
The Department of State is making some major changes to the Commonwealth’s Electronic Notarization Initiative as the program enters its third year.
When the clock struck 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2008, the positions of Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills, Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary were eliminated in Allegheny County.
Patricia Lint made many mistakes in her more than 40 years as a notary. Those mistakes cost the western Pennsylvania woman her freedom. In 2006, police discovered her notary commission had expired and her seal had been confiscated by the Department of State. Yet she continued to pass herself off as a commissioned Pennsylvania notary, going so far as to use notary seals from other people. Lint was sentenced to one to two years in prison.
Chances are you’ve already completed the required three hours of notary education when you applied for your commission. Notary education is mandatory unless you were sworn in and had a valid notary commission on or before July 1, 2003. If so, you are permanently exempt from the education requirement.