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California - New Laws Affecting Notaries Public Beginning January 01, 2009
  New Law—Proof by Subscribing Witness (Civil Code Section 1196)
If a person, called the principal, has signed a document, but does not personally appear
before a notary public, another person can appear on the principal’s behalf to prove the
principal signed (or “executed”) the document. That person is called a subscribing witness.
(Code of Civil Procedure section 1935)
A proof of execution by a subscribing witness cannot be used in conjunction with any
quitclaim deed, grant deed (other than a trustee’s deed or deed of reconveyance), mortgage,
deed of trust, or security agreement. (Government Code section 27287 and Civil Code
section 1195(b)
The requirements for proof of execution by a subscribing witness are as follows:
• The subscribing witness must prove (say under oath) that the person who signed the
document as a party, the principal, is the person described in the document, and the
subscribing witn ...

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California - New Laws Affecting Notaries Public Beginning January 1, 2008
  NEW LAWS AFFECTING NOTARIES PUBLIC
BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2008

The primary changes provided by AB 886 effective January 1, 2008 are as follows:

1. Civil Code section 1185 – Acknowledgment; requisites. The identity of the person making an acknowledgment may no longer be established by personal knowledge alone. Under the new law, the identity of the person making the acknowledgment must be established by specified documents or a credible witness who is personally known to the notary public and proves their identity by specified documents. Violation of the section subjects a notary public to a civil penalty of up to $10,000 in an administrative action brought by the Secretary of State or a public prosecutor.

2. Civil Code section 1189 – Certificate of Acknowledgment. The certificate of acknowledgment is now executed under penalty of perjury. A notary public who willfully states as true any material fact known to be false c ...

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Texas- Prohibition against recording personal information - Effective April 22, 2007
  (a) A notary public (other than a court clerk notarizing instruments for the court) that notarizes a document or instrument on behalf of a signer, grantor or maker that is identified to the notary by an identification card issued by a governmental agency or a passport issued by the United States may not record in the notary's book of record:

(1) the identification number that was assigned by the governmental agency or by the United States to the signer, grantor or maker and that is set forth on the identification card or passport; or

(2) any other number that could be used to identify the signer, grantor or maker of the document.

(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a notary from recording a number related to the residence or alleged residence of the signer, grantor or maker of the document or the instrumen

Michigan - Changes to the Michigan notary public act, effective April 1, 2007
  2006 PA 510 – Effective April 1, 2007
Again amended MCL 55.271
Section 11(1)(f) adds a new provision allowing applicants for a notary public commission, who are licensed attorneys in Michigan, to not have to file a surety bond with the county clerk.
Again amended MCL 55.273
Changes to Section 13(3) state that a bond must be filed with the county clerk only if applicable. (Licensed Michigan attorneys are exempt from filing a bond.)
Again amended MCL 55.275
Section 15(1)(c) states that the secretary of state receive proof that the oath was administered and, if applicable, a bond was filed with the county clerk.
Again amended MCL 55.279
A new Section 19(3) was added which requires the secretary of state to send a reappointment application form to licensed attorneys who are notaries public at least 90 days before the expiration of their current appointment. By certifying their continued status as licensed attorneys, they are exempt fr ...

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