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Notary Public Laws

   The laws governing the official acts of a Notary Public are stated in Arkansas Code Title 21, Public Officers and Employees. The following sections may be of particular interest.

   Bond Requirement

   21-14-101 lists requirements to become a Notary Public.
   In 1989 the State Legislature passed Act 304 which requires persons who are to be commissioned as a Notary Public to be the principal on a bond or surety contract with the State of Arkansas as the obligee. The bond is to guarantee that a penalty, such that the State of Arkansas may assess against Notary Public due to violation of laws governing the official acts of a Notary Public, will be paid. Act 304 also amended the Arkansas Code so that the bond may be "issued by a general business corporation validly organized and formed under the laws of this state pertaining to domestic corporations." This is the provision under which Southern Development Corporation became authorized by the state to be a Notary Public Bond company.

   Oath Of Office

(e)(1) Every notary public shall sign the following declaration in the presence of the circuit clerk for the county where the notary public resides or if a resident of another state, the circuit clerk for the county in Arkansas where employed:
"I, (name of notary), solemnly swear or affirm that I have carefully read the notary laws of this state, and I will uphold the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Arkansas and will faithfully perform to the best of my ability all notarial acts in accordance with the law.
(Signature of notary)
Subscribed and sworn to before me (name of circuit clerk), Circuit Clerk for the County of (name of county), State of Arkansas, on this ________ day of ____________, (year).
(Signature of circuit clerk)"

   Fees Notary Shall Charge

   21-6-309 has to do with fees allowed to be charged by a Notary Public for the performance of official Notary Acts.
   Five dollars ($5.00) is the maximum amount a Notary Public fee can be.

   Unlawful Acts

   21-14-111 defines unlawful acts that will result in a penalty if done by a Notary Public.
   As a Notary Public you must know the person whose signature you notarize or you must have the person present an acceptable form of identification.

   Official Notary Signature

   21-14-107 says, “At the time of notarization, the notary public shall sign his or her official signature”.

   Official Notary Seal

   21-14-107 further states, “Under or near a notary public's official signature, on every notary certificate, the notary public shall provide a seal of his or her public office”.