One of the top reasons notaries get in trouble with the Department of State is that they did not complete the commissioning process of getting sworn in at their respective county recorder of deeds office. Subsequently, they were fined, had their commissions suspended and were ordered to take a six-hour notary education course. If they notarized documents before getting sworn into office, they were, in effect, impersonating a notary.
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If one-stop shopping was the goal, then Allegheny County has achieved what it set out to accomplish with the notary commission process.