Texas notary laws do NOT require training.
They do NOT require testing. So, many notaries don't see it as a priority.
The error: She stamped her seal on the page next to the woman's signature. NO notary certificate was used--it was all wrong. Please see the link for details.
I have a great deal of empathy for Erica. It's tragic. She'll be pestered by the media. Her life will basically turn into a living hell.
There's not a lot I can do to help her, but I sure won't judge her.
The Secretary of State’s office has provided a handbook and excellent free online training for notaries.
Have you read the handbook? I have--several times.
Have you taken the online video training? I have. I'll probably take it again, now. This is a wake up call, Texas notaries.
- Protect your future.
- Know what you can and cannot do.
I have seen the same notary error that Erica made many times. It is common.
Over the years, I have talked to several notaries in the Texas Notary Facebook Group by phone and private messaging about why they cannot do what Erica did.
Perhaps no one told Erica about the free training on the SOS's website, but you are reading about it right now. Take advantage of it, please.
Brenda Stone – NotariesAndNotaryNews.com - 3/12/18
P.S. -- Erica, I don't know you, but if you read this blog post, I want you to know that I am empathetic to your situation. I don't judge you. What you did is a common thing that new notaries do--they don't realize that using their seals in that fashion is a problem. If our Texas laws placed a high priority on notary training in this state of 420,000+ notaries public, you would have been trained.
Yes, you should have read the laws and figured this stuff out, but you aren't the exception. You are like most other notaries who received a commission in 2016.
I've learned that new notaries don't understand how critical their laws are or why they should be studied.
Notary errors can happen to anyone. I know that doesn't help much, but I'm sorry you are going through this. Take care of yourself.