SOURCE: National Notary Association

December 05, 2005 17:56 ET

New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner Supports New Law and Training for Notaries Public

State Representative Cynthia Dokmo's Legislation Prescribes Identification Standards for All Notarial Acts Earning Her the National Notary Association's "Calvin Coolidge Notary Award"

CONCORD, NH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2005 -- New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner showed his support for Notary Public education today when he joined Notaries from around the state for the National Notary Association's (NNA) "New Hampshire New-Law Review" seminar.

"Notaries must understand their role in protecting the public from various forms of identity fraud, which undermines the foundation of our society," Secretary Gardner said before more than one hundred Notaries gathered in Manchester today for the first of two new-law reviews.

Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte, whose office was also represented at the seminar said in a written statement to attendees that, "Notaries play a critical role in the effective operation of government and business. It is therefore important when dealing with documents of legal significance that Notaries understand the statutorily mandated procedures that are necessary for the notarization of those documents to be valid and defensible."

This heralded "New Hampshire New-Law Review" seminar was the result of the passage of House Bill 672, sponsored by New Hampshire State Representative Cynthia Dokmo, which represents the most significant change to New Hampshire's Notary laws in more than 40 years. The new law raises the fee Notaries may charge for notarization from $5 to $10, authorizes Notaries to perform signature witnessing and copy certifications and most importantly prescribes identification standards for all notarial acts. The statue defines satisfactory evidence of identity and requires Notaries to positively identify every document signer, thus enabling Notaries to better detect would-be imposters seeking to perpetrate document fraud.

For this outstanding work, National Notary Association Vice President and Executive Director Timothy Reiniger honored Representative Dokmo with the NNA's prestigious "Calvin Coolidge Notary Award" during a ceremony preceding today's "New Hampshire New-Law Review."

"The National Notary Association bestows this national award on government officials who have spearheaded efforts to strengthen the ability of Notaries to safeguard citizens' property and personal rights," Reiniger said. "Representative Dokmo has strengthened the fraud-fighting role of the Notary through legislation in 2005 that established identification standards for Notaries to use in identifying document signers."

Calvin Coolidge, our nation's 30th president, is the only U.S. Commander in Chief to be sworn into office by a Notary Public -- his own father -- and set an example of unimpeachable personal integrity and character. This is the third NNA "Calvin Coolidge Notary Award" bestowed on a public official; last year, then-Missouri Secretary of State and current Governor Matt Blunt received the inaugural Coolidge Award and New Mexico Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron was honored with the award in September 2005.

About the "New Hampshire New-Law Review":

Tuesday, December 6th & Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
The Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH
8:30 AM - Noon
Cost: $59.00
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