SOURCE: National Notary Association

September 11, 2007 18:47 ET

Sweeping Changes to Mississippi Rules Herald a New Era for Notaries

In Notary Seminar Series Throughout the State, NNA Explains the Administrative Code's Many New Requirements

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 11, 2007) - One of the most comprehensive and significant Notary rule revisions of the past century has taken effect in Mississippi. In response, the National Notary Association (NNA) will provide a series of educational seminars to explain the practical impacts of this law, and provide support to the state's 35,000 Notaries in their efforts to comply.

In effect since July 1, the now mandatory regulations for Mississippi Notaries were put into place by Secretary of State Eric Clark through the administrative rule process. The sweeping, modernizing changes affect virtually every aspect of commissioning and regulating Notaries and performing notarial acts, from what Notaries must enter into their journals to the size and shape of Notary seals.

"Mississippi should be commended for passing such comprehensive Notary regulations," said NNA Executive Director Timothy S. Reiniger. "These rules are based on the progressive Model Notary Act and they can serve as an example for other states to follow."

Among the many new provisions that have taken effect:

--  Expanded Notary journal requirements, including detailed
    specifications on journal entries and the procedure that must be followed
    to allow journal inspection.
--  New requirements for a Notary seal (for new commissions issued on or
    after July 1), which include shape and size stipulations, the information
    it must now contain, and the new regulation that a seal must be
    photographically reproducible.
--  New definitions for "satisfactory evidence of identity" and "personal
    knowledge of identity."
--  New Notary procedures for a signing by mark and for when a signer
    cannot make a mark.
--  Prescription of new rules for the charging of fees by Notaries,
    including travel fees.

Location and dates of the NNA seminars are as follows:

--  Sept 25 - Oxford Conference Center, Oxford, MS.
--  Sept 27 - Hilton Jackson, Jackson, MS.
--  Sept 28 - La Quinta Inn, Hattiesburg, MS.
--  Sept 29 - Holiday Inn, Gulfport, MS.

In addition to teaching the provisions of the new law, each seminar also reviews the fundamentals of notarization. More information can be found by calling the NNA at 1-800-876-6827, or by visiting the NNA's Web site,

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Founded in 1957, the National Notary Association (NNA) is committed to the professional development of Notaries throughout the United States by providing education, support and advocacy. The NNA also educates lawmakers, businesses and state officials on best notarial practices, and leads efforts to make necessary changes in the state and federal statutory framework. With a membership of 300,000, the Association offers federally accredited Notary education programs.

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