Friday, January 29, 2016

Notarizing Recordable Documents

Learning about recording requirements is important for notaries because notary certificates are part of many types of recordable documents.

The sources for this article were two papers produced by the  Property Records Industry Association (PRIA).  PRIA is an association whose members are from recording offices all over the U.S.  The following list is a compilation of best practices for notaries public who notarize recordable documents.

All text on a document to be recorded must be legible .  (That means when you write the signer’s name on the certificate, print the name clearly. It must be legible.)

The signer’s name must be spelled correctly.

The venue statement must be present, legible, accurate, and complete.

The notary’s seal must be present, legible, and complete. If your notary seal is smudged or faint, simply make another impression. There is no need to strike the first seal with a line through it.

The notary’s commission expiration date must be present, legible, accurate, and complete.

Do not use white-out or black out; if you strike anything from the notarial certificate, do so with one line, write in the correct word(s), and initial the change.

When a document requires corrections:
- the signer should initial all corrections made in the text of the document, and
- the notary should initial all corrections made in the text of the notarial certificate or should attach a corrected notarial certificate to the document.

Margins should be clear for one-inch around the edge of the document .  You should not stamp your notary seal in the margin of a recordable document. (You should not stamp your seal on the back of a documents two pages to “secure” the document by showing that the certificate matches the document; this is a practice that can create a recording penalty or rejection.  The clerk must determine what to do with the notary’s half-seal in that situation.)

When you produce your own loose certificates for use on documents that have none, follow these principles. Certificates should be printed
…with a clear one-inch margin around the edge of the document.
…on white or nearly white paper of at least 20 lbs. weight .
…using toner or ink that will produce a very dark print; to be on the safe side, print in black.
…using font size of 10 pt. or higher. The font or print size requirement varies from recorder’s office to recorder’s office. The required sizes are between 8 pt. and 10 pt. Don’t take a chance on whether it’s 8 pt. or 10 pt.  If you create loose certificates for your own use, create them in a 10 pt. print or higher.
…on paper matching the size of the document to be recorded . According to PRIA, “… a variation of the certificate size would not necessarily cause a document to be rejected unless there is a local requirement governing page size which has been violated. (However, the document to be recorded should be printed on 8 ½” by 11” paper or on 8 ½ by 14” according to PRIA's real estate document formatting standards.  Author’s note: one exception to the rules about paper and size is when a Mylar plat must be signed and notarized; the certificate is printed on the plat.)
…on one-sided paper; the notarial certificate must not be printed or stamped on the back of a document page.

Avoid using colored highlight markers to indicate where signers should sign; some recorders won’t record documents with highlighting on them.

Signatures (including the notary’s) should be written in blue ink (unless prevented by law).  PRIA recommends blue so that it stands out against the black print of the document and certificate.  Other than blue, black ink or another dark color may be used.  Cherry red, hot pink, fluorescent orange, or lime green, for instance, would not be considered dark.  For more information on this topic, see Pens and Ink Color.

Notarial certificates must not contain blanks; draw a line through blanks that have no relevance to your notarial act.

The notary should make a clear selection of items like “he/she” or “personal knowledge/government issued ID/credible witness.”


Sources:
Notary Best Practices for Recordable Documents (PRIA)
Real Estate Document Formatting (PRIA)


Pens and Ink Color

A notary’s pens may be purchased in the cheapest style or in the highest qualify she can afford. My personal favorites for notarizing for the public are my Scentsy promotional pens that cost about $.50. They are comfortable, smooth-writing, have blue ink, and were cheap.  Most of all, I don’t mind letting signers keep them. 

You need to strike a balance between using great pens that you love and cheap pens that you can afford to lose.  You’re going to lose a lot of pens during your tenure as a notary public.

I recommend giving away cheap pens with your phone number on them.  My Scentsy pens have all of my contact information on them. I couldn’t pass up the price when I signed up to sell Scentsy and the pens were offered so inexpensively—notaries know when to grab a pen bargain!

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I’m not an aggressive scent pusher and I would never bring my Scentsy business up during a mobile notary appointment, but I like to use those pens when possible because they are dependable, clients like receiving a freebie, and it’s sensible to use them.  If signers ask if they can order Scentsy from me, I’m glad to direct them to my website, but there’s absolutely no promoting of the product during a notary appointment.  Giving pens away has brought me a ton of Scentsy sales and repeat mobile notary business.  I am a huge fan of the promotional pen! If you can afford them, get them.

A final word about my Scentsy pens...I would not use them at notary signing agent appointments simply because it would feel like I was promoting a business other than that I was sent there and paid to do.  It's just unprofessional, in my opinion.

Pen-Agains ($2 and up)
If you do a lot of work with aging signers, you might want to purchase a couple of Pen-Agains for them.  Pen-Agains are between $2 and $3 each and are easily held by those who otherwise have problems holding a pen.

Signatures on documents that will be recorded should be signed in blue or black ink.  Brown, dark green, or dark red (like maroon) would probably be acceptable. Cherry red, hot pink, and fluorescent orange would probably not be considered dark enough if the documents were to be recorded by the county cleark.

Over the years I have seen loan documents signed in maroon ink using a Zebra SARASA Gel Pen by a Texas A&M employee who ignored the request to sign in blue or black ink.  I have observed real estate documents signed in bright turquoise fountain pen ink by a wealthy man who was involved frequently in land transactions.  That ink was as much a part of his signature as the writing he put on the documents.  (By the way, the point of those comments was to say that to my knowledge, neither of those unique colors were rejected for recording.)

My advice on ink color:  Be safe and steer signers toward blue or black ink when they are executing legal documents.


Something Extra for Your Notary Journal (Lagnaippe!)



A storekeeper in Louisiana might say to you (as you're checking out with your purchased goods)  "I've added a lagniappe to your bag." This means they've given you a little something extra, like a 13th cookie (rather just the 12 in a dozen), a promotional item, or other small gift. Lagnaippe (according to Wikipedia) is “something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure." 

This article describes adding a bit of lagniappe to your record book.  While not necessarily a gift at the time you add it, if you ever need to prove the authenticity of a transaction or a signature, the lagniappe in your journal entries may become  wonderfully valuable bits of information when you need them most.

Recently, I decided to record more than usual when I was presented for notarization a document that related to an intellectual property agreement. Without divulging much more, I'll just say that I had a feeling that this agreement could create a problem down the road. Because of this, I was careful to record not only the regular information and asked the signer to sign my journal (which he did), but I also noted in my journal:

(1) that the signer said he had read the complete agreement and understood its purpose and verbally acknowledged his signing the document for the purposes it stated,

(2) the fact that the agreement was signed before another person and his name although he didn’t sign the document, and

(3) that the notary certificate was malformed (didn’t have a notary signature line) but I added the line to the document.

Those are the kinds of notes I make in my journal that aren’t required.  There are many other bits of information that can be helpful if a document executed during a transaction becomes the genesis of a court case.  The list below includes both commonly required information for journal entries and extra notable facts that you may want to record as well.  (Note: The list below doesn't distinguish between what you MUST record from items that you may choose to record.)

Transaction Identifiers that Notaries May Choose to Record in Journals

1. Date of Notarization. This is the most critical date--the date the signer appears before you.

2. Time of Notarization. Some notaries like to record the exact time of appointment or performance of the notarial act.

3. Date of Document Execution. If the signer’s document has an acknowledgment certificate attached to it, you may want to note the date the signer executed the document.

4. Venue (County) of the Act. The notarial certificate states the place where the act was performed and it is good to include the matching information in your journal.

5. Address of the Act. You may want to include exactly where the act took place by noting an address or business name (i.e., 1st Bank of Notaryville).

6. Document Date. Documents may be dated for a date that is before or after the notarial act. For more information on this, see Documents Dated for the Future (Post-dated Documents).

7. Document Title. If there is a title, record that in your journal.

8. Document Type. For example, the entry would state “Affidavit,” “Deed,” “Power of Attorney,” “Automobile Title,” “Contract,” “Last Will and Testament,” or other document title or type.

9. Parties Named in Document. The names of any parties mentioned in the document enhance the description of the document. This would not have to be as extensive as all named beneficiaries in a will because that would be invasive. However, identifying the parties in an agreement you are notarizing would be helpful. For instance, “Minor Child initials “B.C.,” Notaryville Elementary School” if the notarized document is a permission slip to allow a minor child to go on a field trip with her elementary school. Personally, I don’t name the child’s full name, only his or her initials, when I am creating an entry relating to minor child since Texas notaries’ journals are public records.

10. Other Signers. If other signers will be signing the document, but aren’t appearing before you to sign the document, noting those names as “not appearing” adds a housekeeping task that makes your record thorough.

11. Signer’s Name. You may record the name on the ID and the name stated in the document if there is a slight variance.

12. Method Used to Identify a Signer. State how you identified the signer (e.g., personal knowledge, credible witness, or use of ID documents). If identity is established by ID documents, note the document type and expiration date. [Notaries outside of Texas should record other information if required by law.]

13. Signer Information. Record his or her address and you may ask for his or her telephone number, if you’d like to. Although I have never needed it, I know of situations where notaries have been contacted by the recording clerk to ask for a phone number.

14. ID Variance Explanation. If there is a variance of the signer’s name stated in the document vs. the name on the ID, explain why you accepted the ID.

15. Signature of Signer. All notaries should request that signers sign their journals as proof they appeared in person. In Texas (or other states not requiring a signer’s signature in the record book), you should not decline to notarize if a signer refuses to sign your record book.

16. Thumbprints of Signers, Witnesses, Credible Witnesses. In Texas, never ask for these parties to provide thumbprints for the record book. In other states, proceed according to your notary laws or with permission of your notary public administrator. For more information on this, see Thumbprints don’t Belong in a Texas Notary’s Record Book.

17. Witnesses. Witnesses who sign a document should be named in your journal. Record how you identified the witnesses and their addresses. If identity is established by ID documents, note the document types and their expiration dates. [In other states, if identity is established by ID documents, note other information required by law.] All notaries should request that witnesses sign their journals as proof they appeared and signed the document before the notary. In Texas (or other states not requiring a signer’s signature in the record book), you should not decline to notarize if a witness refuses to sign your record book.

18. Credible Witnesses. Those who identify others through an oath should be named in the journal along with the fact that you actually administered an oath relating to the identification of the party being identified. Texas notaries must know credible witnesses personally. Record how you know credible witnesses, how long you have known them, and their addresses. All notaries should request that credible witnesses sign their journals as proof they appeared before the notary at the time of notarization. In Texas (or other states not requiring a signer’s signature in the record book), you should not decline to notarize if a credible witness refuses to sign your record book. [In other states, if identity of a credible person or credible witness is established by ID documents, note information required by law, if any, in your record book.]

19. Grantor. The person giving property, power, or something else to another in a document (usually the signer, but not always) is a great piece of information to record. (The grantor is the principal in a power of attorney; the grantor could also be the one who signs a mortgage or deed of trust.)

20. Grantee. The person receiving property, power, or something else from another in a document is important information that identifies a certain document. (The grantee is the attorney-in-fact in a power of attorney; a grantee could also be the lender on a mortgage document, i.e., the mortgagee.)

21. Attorney’s Name. If an attorney prepared a document and the document states that information, you may list that in your journal.

22. Property involved. If property is mentioned in the transaction (i.e., rental property or property being conveyed) citing that information is helpful to identify the document if called later about the notarial act you performed on it.

23. Number of Pages in a Document. If you the number of pages in a document, be careful to record the exact page numbers and the page number your notarial certificate appears on.

24. Notarization Certificate Type. Note “Jurat,” “Verification,” “Acknowledgment,” “Oath,” “Certified Copy Certificate / Name of Document,” for instance. If you attach a loose certificate, note it in your journal.

25. Verbal Ceremony. Note that you performed the proper ceremony according to the certificate attached to the document you have notarized. For instance, when there is a verification reciting facts that the signer must swear to, I write “ver. facts + oath” to show that I was cognizant of the verification certificate’s requirements and performed the oath accordingly.

26. Fee. Note the fee you charged for your acts; if you charged a travel fee, note the charge for that. In other words, itemize your fees.

27. Other Fees/Hiring Company Payments. If you were working for a service who contracted you for a job, you may choose to include what you were paid for the work. Keep in mind, however, that in Texas, your notary records are public documents and a copy of an entry may be requested that shows this information.

28. Hiring Company. If you are a signing agent or mobile notary, you may want to record the company you were working for, the title company involved, and the lender. Again, be aware a Texas notary’s records are public documents and a copy of an entry may be requested that shows this information.

29. Observations about Special Circumstances. Include, for instance, notes about others present during the notarial act, the reason you declined a notarial act, if the signer had a disability, and if the signer was of advanced years, include why you believe they were aware of the document’s purpose.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Stop Learning About Entrepreneurship and Start Doing the Work


I just read a great article tweeted by Entrepreneur.com.  To summarize it: people who succeed get out there and DO stuff.

I need to throw my two-cents in here--notary DOers are always plagued by the armchair quarterbacks--the people who read, but never DO. I can always pick them out.  They are the ones who offer no positive input on a notary forum, but they are always, always, always there and ready to criticize anyone who DOES something.

They are Mr./Ms. Know-it-all.

The lesson here is to be a DOer. Do something different in your marketing, branch out with a new service and filter out the naysayers.

Here's an excerpt from the article.

You already have the knowledge you need.

The reality is that, by the time they’re ready to launch a business, most entrepreneurs know more than they realize. You study, and you research. You become knowledgeable through the access we have to information on the Internet. If you were to take a quiz, you would pass with flying colors.  READ MORE

We’re all sick, but come on in! (Notary Flu Season Survival Guide)

You walk into a house for a notary signing appointment and the first thing you hear is “Our little one has a virus.”

Sure enough, there’s the fussy toddler and he’s going to sit at the table with you. But, you’re prepared!

You pull out your hand sanitizing wipes and put them on the table so you can use them as needed. Knowing there’s a germ running through the house, you don’t pull out your nice pens, you pull out the cheap ones and give them to the signers. (Don’t touch them again. You’ll leave those on the table when you go.)

The first time the little rascal grabs at your notary seal and gets fussy, you tell him that you’ve got something for him but he has to use it at the coffee table (not the table you’re sitting at). Out of your notary bag of tricks you extract your first weapon: a plastic baggy in which is tucked an old self-inking “Paid” stamp and a small pad of paper.

If that doesn’t work, reach back into your bag for another bit of weaponry: a baggy containing five crayons and another small pad of paper. Your third weapon could be a bag of stickers and a sheet of paper.

The point is this: do whatever you can NOT to let the sick child touch anything you must also touch. If you make contact with the child or touch something he’s been holding, grab your sanitizing hand wipes and unapologetically clean your hands.



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How to write a marketing email to a title company (and more!)




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Where does it say to record fees in your Texas notary journal?



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Texas Notaries, I've got a bit of notary minutia to share.

If you’ve looked closely at Texas Government Code Sec. 406.014.  Notary Records (inserted below), you may have realized that there’s nothing mentioned about recording fees in your notary journal, yet standards of sound notary practices prescribe this as if it is law.  

You’ll find your answer if you turn to The Texas Government Code Section 603.006 (Provision of Documents and Fees of Office).

An officer who by law may charge a fee for a service shall keep a fee book and shall enter in the book all fees charged for services rendered.


In other words, notaries could keep a fee book separately from their record books, but that would be more paperwork to manage.  Over time, authorities on the subject of notaries have come to say that a notary should record the fee in the record book at the time of the notarial act.  It makes sense and is practical advice.


Sec. 406.014. NOTARY RECORDS.

(a) A notary public other than a court clerk notarizing instruments for the court shall keep in a book a record of:

(1) the date of each instrument notarized;

(2) the date of the notarization;

(3) the name of the signer, grantor, or maker;

(4) the signer's, grantor's, or maker's residence or alleged residence;

(5) whether the signer, grantor or maker is personally known by the notary public, was identified by an identification card issued by a governmental agency or a passport issued by the United States, or was introduced to the notary public and, if introduced, the name and residence or alleged residence of the individual introducing the signer, grantor, or maker;

(6) if the instrument is proved by a witness, the residence of the witness, whether the witness is personally known by the notary public or was introduced to the notary public and, if introduced, the name and residence of the individual introducing the witness;

(7) the name and residence of the grantee;

(8) if land is conveyed or charged by the instrument, the name of the original grantee and the county where the land is located; and

(9) a brief description of the instrument.

(b) Entries in the notary's book are public information.

(c) A notary public shall, on payment of all fees, provide a certified copy of any record in the notary public's office to any person requesting the copy.

(d) A notary public who administers an oath pursuant to Article 45.019, Code of Criminal Procedure, is exempt from the requirement in Subsection (a) of recording that oath.

(e) A notary public may maintain the records required by Subsection (a) electronically in a computer or other storage device.



Saturday, January 16, 2016

Documents Dated for the Future (Post-dated Documents)



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Many documents are dated at the top, or an effective date may be mentioned within a document, and those dates may be dates in the future. For instance, a contract or mortgage document may be dated for a date after the date a party executes it and appears before the notary.

The date of the document isn't a problem. A notary's concern is the date the document is signed by the signer who requests the notarization.

Business and finance documents are often post-dated so that all parties can sign the document before the document takes effect. Don’t be fooled by reading in non-credible sources that say you can’t notarize a document that is dated in the future because "the document doesn’t exist."

You can't, however, notarize a signature on a document  if the date next to the signer’s name is a date in the future or if the document clearly states that the signer signed the document on a date in the future.

If you notarize a document that says a signer signed on a date after the notarial act occurred, that is an invalid notarial act. If faced with that situation, you must bring it to the signer's attention and explain why you can't notarize the document. The signer can make a determination on how to proceed--you can't advise the signer, but you should decline to notarize a document with a post-dated signature.

The signer may need to contact an attorney or the receiving party for advice.  One remedy, for instance, could be for the signer to strike through the incorrect date, insert the correct date, and initial the change.

Furthermore, if the notary public administrator's office from the notary's state sees a document that has a post-dated signature or is requested to attach an apostille to it, the presiding notary will probably be sanctioned and the document will almost certainly be rejected for an apostille attachment.


Sources:

Notary Signing Agent Tip: Dealing with Post-dated Loan Packages by Kelle Clarke (12/11/15) “Loan document packages circulating under the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), for example, are often post-dated.” Collected 1/16/16.

NPA Section Apostilles Issuance Guidelines Version 1.0, July 2013; pg. 5. “6. Date Error (A.) The date on the notarial certificate is prior to the date the signer signed the document.” Collected 1/15/16.

Disclaimer:

This blog isn't a source for legal advice; it's for discussion only.

Thumbprints don’t Belong in a Texas Notary’s Record Book.

Texas notaries are discouraged by the Secretary of State from collecting thumbprints in their journals and have been for several years.

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It's possible that I brought this to the attention of the Texas notary public administrators for the first time.  The topic jumped on my radar in October or November 2009 while I was reading the State Bar of Texas’s Magazine (September 2009 issue) and noticed a short blurb, which I’ve quoted below:

Retention of Biometric Identifiers
H.B. 3186, McCall (effective Sept. 1,2009) - H.B. 3186 amends Section 503.001 of the TBCC relating to the collection and use of biometric identifiers, which include fingerprints, voice prints, retina and iris scans, and records of hand or face geometry. Any disclosure of a biometric identifier made by or to a law enforcement agency for a law enforcement purpose must be in response to a warrant. The amendment requires the biometric identifier to be destroyed within one year of the later of the date the purpose for collecting the identifier expires or the date any related instrument is no longer required to be maintained by law. An employer must destroy an employee's biometric identifier within one year after termination of employment.”  (From an article entitled Business Law by Darryl B. Robertson)

In February 2010, I wrote the Secretary of State and asked them if it was acceptable and quoted HB 3186. The reply I received was:

“Ms. Stone, thank you for your email…This raises an interesting question that I have not considered yet. I will have to get back to you. [Signed.]

I received another reply the same day.

“Ms. Stone, to answer your second question…Yes, as reinforced by HB 3186, our office discourages notaries from collecting thumbprints. If we can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.” [Emphasis added.][1]

The Secretary of State’s message is clear—don’t do it.




[1] Email regarding thumbprints in notary journals dated 2/25/10 from N. Hoang, Texas Secretary of State to B. Stone; N. Hoang copied her reply to B. Stone to L. Joseph, U. Jacob, and D. Overstreet, all of the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Trouble in Notary News Paradise
[Written in August 2015, not sure why I didn't publish it then!]

A few weeks ago, I penned a quick article about something I read in newspaper from another state.  If you want to dig around on The Notary News, it won't be hard to find. I gave an opinion, something that until recently I rarely do. The topic was a concern expressed by way of a letter to the editor of a newspaper in another state.  My blog entry drew the  interest of a drive-by reader of my blog whom I shall refer to as Mr. Z. You see, I wrote about Mr. Z's letter. Perhaps he did a search on his name, or keywords from his letter and found his way to my blog.

I began to get emails from Mr. Z asking if I was the editor of the "National Notary Magazine." If you have known me for any length of time, you know that I am certainly not the editor of the National Notary Magazine, a magazine that's published by the National Notary Association (NNA) -- you likely know that I write almost exclusively for the American Association of Notaries (AAN).  

Anyhow, Mr. Z got a little frustrated with me.  He asked me if I was the Brenda Stone who writes for the organization above.  I wrote back and told him I didn't, that I write for the AAN.  He wrote me again and wanted to know if I wasn't the NNA writer, then "...who is this Brenda Stone who writes for the national notary magazine?" I explained again that I didn't write for the NNA, I write for the AAN.  

It was a typical August-Texas-hotter-than-hell-o-kitty kind of a day, so the microscopic breeze Mr. Z's emails stirred by flying into my inbox wasn't unwelcome.  I felt bad that couldn't stop and talk right then because I knew he had a good story. I said I would get back with him on 8/10/15 (today). 

This morning, Mr. Z was on my list.  I was trying to get finished with my pressing work so I could call him, but he was already emailing me about "Let's talk!"  I called him because I didn't want him to think I was being rude.

Again, Mr. Z asks, "Are you the writer of the National Notary Magazine?"  Notaries understand that the NNA and the AAN are different entities--in fact, they are competitors.  Said I, "No. I am not."  

Mr. Z presses me about this question as if I am lying! He wants to know the difference between the two.  I tried to elaborate about that and Mr. Z says, "Well, excuse me for getting the Ns and As in the wrong place."  

I was getting flustered.  On my side of the phone, I was dealing with a little personal credit card fraud and working for a living. On his side of the phone, Mr. Z wants me to get on this-problem-that-he's-experienced immediately and discuss it right then.  

I told him that I couldn't do much to fix it for him right that minute, except hear his story and write about it on my personal blog which isn't the blog of the AAN.  I tried to explain that I can't commit the AAN to do something except listen to the story and MAYBE publish it. Finally, with the time for a conference call bearing down on me, I said, "Didn't this happen some time back?  I mean, there's no imminent harm that must be fixed right this minute, right?" I explained that if he had an immediate problem, he needs to contact law enforcement.    He didn't understand my intent by my remarks and he  terminated the conversation with a "Well, good luck with your blog." in that terse tone that made me know he was not really wishing me good luck.  I think he thought I was being difficult...or maybe he thinks I really small potatoes and don't deserve the story.

Nonetheless, I don't like making enemies.  So, I wrote him an email and explained I'd listen carefully after five o'clock today.  I think he's going to give "the story" to someone else.  But, thanks to Mr. Z, I have a story about him and writing an article that brewed trouble for The Notary News

Mr. Z, you know who you are...if you want to give me the whole story, I'm all ears!  The problem is that the only place I can guarantee your experience will be published is The Notary News. I don't work for the National Notary Magazine and I'm just a writer for the AAN--I don't own it and cannot publish on a whim whatever you think I should.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

My Adorable Tiny Notary Stamp and I Ride Again (in spite of HB 1683)



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For the past eight years, I have used a tiny notary stamp that measures about 9/16" by 2 1/2".  When use that little rascal, my seal placement on a document is surgically precise. It fits into tight spots on crowded forms like a Prius rolls into a compact car space in a high-rise parking garage.

When HB 1683 was passed by the Texas Legislature and mandated that notaries' ID numbers would be added to our seals--never mind that it would help law enforcers catch bad guys--I was crushed thinking I would have to give up my adorable little baby stamp.

I'm breathing easier because it looks like everything is going to be okay.

I renewed my notary commission this month and my Texas Slim Notary Stamp is being crafted as we speak. I keep it and my pocket journal in my purse.

By the way, the Slim Notary Stamp is also available in many other states.  Visit the AAN's website and select your state...peruse the notary stamps and supplies.






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