Note from News! Notary News! Curator:Good morning, This issue began back in September, 2014 and I have followed it since the requests for bids went out. The article I have posted below is not new news, but it is relevant and something to keep an eye on.
Happy notary news reading! Brenda
Why this is important:
More than 20 processors provide services to Florida’s 400,000 notaries. The initiative would limit the number to no more than five.
Deadline for lucrative state contract for notary processors nears and vendors fear loss of business
By James Call on November 13, 2014
Surety companies, attorneys and accountants are confused by new bid requirements and say the Department of State isn't helping. A Notary Processors Solicitation was issued in September. Apparently, the procedure for a solicitation is different than that outline in Florida Statutes for a competitive procurement process, Chapter 287.
The Department of State has not responded to questions about the Notary Processors Solicitation released Sept.5 but did respond to a public information request concerning correspondence about it.
A letter from Peter Antonacci, Gov. Rick Scott’s General Counsel, to Secretary of State Ken Detzner instructed the Department “to solicit price information from qualified notary processors and award a limited number of respondents” a contract to provide services to notary public applicants.
Notary processors serve as a one-stop shop for notaries’ legal requirements. Among other things, they check an applicant’s paperwork for a license, electronically file it with the state and provide surety bonds.
More than 20 processors provide services to Florida’s 400,000 notaries. The initiative would limit the number to no more than five. READ THE ARTICLE HERE.