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March 2010

A Longtime Friend Of America's Notaries

“W.W.” Warner, 91, who died March 19, was a distinguished leader in the surety industry and a longtime friend of the NNA and America’s Notaries because of his work to protect them and the public through trusted and reliable surety services.

Budget Crunch Lengthens Commission, Testing Process

Facing a $20 billion budget deficit, the largest by far among all the states, California’s financial woes have had a considerable effect on virtually every area of government. Coupled with stringent background screening requirements, these cuts have resulted in significant delays in obtaining or renewing a Notary commission and a reduced number of seats at mandatory testing sites.

Hotline Tip: Tying Up Loose Ends

If a document is missing notarial certificate wording, or if the document contains certificate wording that is not allowed in your state, you should attach and use a loose certificate instead.

Managing Risk Amid The New Notary Landscape

With compliance and liability issues increasing dramatically, employers are faced with the need to set clear policies for their staff Notaries.

NNF Grant To Law School Honors Hawaii Attorney General

HONOLULU, HI — The National Notary Foundation has awarded a special scholarship grant to the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law in the name of State Attorney General Mark J. Bennett, who was honored as the National Notary Association’s 2009 March Fong Eu Achievement Award recipient.

Virginia Halts Bill To Remove Personal Appearance From eNotarization

A Virginia Senate subcommittee has halted legislation labeled “dangerous” by the NNA that would have redefined “satisfactory evidence of identity” to allow eNotarizations through video and audio conference technology without the physical appearance of the signer before a Notary Public.