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First Substitute H.B. 175
6 This act modifies provisions relating to Notaries Public by transferring the
7 administration of the Notaries Public Reform Act from the Division of Corporations and
8 Commercial Code to the lieutenant governor. The act designates the money collected
9 under the Notaries Public Reform Act as dedicated credits.
10 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
12 17-20-3, as last amended by Chapter 152, Laws of Utah 1988
13 46-1-3, as last amended by Chapter 158, Laws of Utah 2000
14 46-1-4, as last amended by Chapter 287, Laws of Utah 1998
15 46-1-19, as repealed and reenacted by Chapter 287, Laws of Utah 1998
16 46-1-20, as enacted by Chapter 287, Laws of Utah 1998
17 46-1-21, as enacted by Chapter 287, Laws of Utah 1998
19 46-1-23, Utah Code Annotated 1953
20 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
21 Section 1. Section 17-20-3 is amended to read:
22 17-20-3. County clerk -- Record of notaries public.
23 The county clerk of each county receiving certifications of notaries public from the
25 an indexed record for that purpose, showing the names of all persons holding notarial
26 commissions, with the dates of issuance and expiration.
27 Section 2. Section 46-1-3 is amended to read:
28 46-1-3. Qualifications -- Commissioning -- Jurisdiction and term.
29 (1) Except as provided in Subsection (3), the [
31 who submits an application in accordance with this chapter.
32 (2) A person qualified for a notarial commission shall:
33 (a) be 18 years of age or older;
34 (b) lawfully reside in this state 30 days immediately preceding the filing for a notarial
35 commission and maintain permanent residency thereafter;
36 (c) be able to read, write, and understand English;
37 (d) submit an application to the [
38 lieutenant governor containing no significant misstatement or omission of fact and include at
40 (i) a statement of the applicant's personal qualifications, the applicant's residence
41 address, a business address in this state, and daytime telephone number;
42 (ii) the applicant's age and date of birth;
43 (iii) all criminal convictions of the applicant, including any pleas of admission and
44 nolo contendere;
45 (iv) all issuances, denials, revocations, suspensions, restrictions, and resignations of a
46 notarial commission or other professional license involving the applicant in this or any other
48 (v) the acknowledgment of a passing score by the applicant on a written examination
49 administered under Subsection (5);
50 (vi) a declaration by the applicant; and
51 (vii) an application fee determined under Section 63-38-3.2 ; and
52 (e) be a Utah resident or have permanent resident status under Section 245 of the
53 Immigration and Nationality Act; and
54 (f) be endorsed by two residents of the state who are over the age of 18.
55 (3) The [
56 governor may deny an application based on:
57 (a) the applicant's conviction for a crime involving dishonesty or moral turpitude;
58 (b) any revocation, suspension, or restriction of a notarial commission or professional
59 license issued to the applicant by this or any other state;
60 (c) the applicant's official misconduct while acting in the capacity of a notary; or
61 (d) the applicant's failure to pass the written examination.
62 (4) A person commissioned as a notary by the [
64 term of four years, unless the person resigned or the commission is revoked or suspended under
65 Section 46-1-19 .
66 (5) [
67 approved by the [
68 designated by the [
69 testing center designated by the [
70 acknowledgment to the applicant indicating whether the applicant passed or failed the
75 Section 3. Section 46-1-4 is amended to read:
76 46-1-4. Bond.
77 (1) A notarial commission may not become effective until a constitutional oath of
78 office and a $5,000 bond has been filed with and approved by the [
80 for a term of four years commencing on the commission's effective date and terminating on its
81 expiration date, with payment of bond funds to any person conditioned upon the notary's
82 misconduct while acting in the scope of his commission.
83 (2) The bond required under Subsection (1) may be executed by the Office of Risk
84 Management for notaries public employed by a state office or agency.
85 Section 4. Section 46-1-19 is amended to read:
86 46-1-19. Revocation or suspension.
87 The [
88 or suspend a notarial commission on any ground for which an application for a notarial
89 commission may be denied under Section 46-1-3 .
90 Section 5. Section 46-1-20 is amended to read:
91 46-1-20. Change of name or address.
92 (1) Within 30 days after the change of the notary's name or address, the notary shall
93 provide to the [
94 policy rider.
95 (2) To obtain a bond policy rider, the notary shall:
96 (a) notify the surety for the notary's bond;
97 (b) obtain a bond policy rider reflecting both the old and new name of the notary or the
98 old and new address of the notary;
99 (c) return a bond policy rider, the original "Certificate of Authority of Notary Public";
100 (d) pay a $5 fee; and
101 (e) destroy the old official seal.
102 Section 6. Section 46-1-21 is amended to read:
103 46-1-21. Resignation.
104 (1) A notary who resigns a notarial commission shall provide to the [
106 of resignation.
107 (2) A notary who ceases to reside in this state or who becomes unable to read and write
108 as provided in Section 46-1-3 shall resign the commission.
109 (3) A notary who resigns shall destroy the official seal and certificate.
110 Section 7. Section 46-1-23 is enacted to read:
111 46-1-23. Dedication of fees.
112 (1) The lieutenant governor shall deposit all money collected under this chapter into
113 the General Fund as a dedicated credit to be used by the lieutenant governor to administer this
115 (2) All funding for the administration of this chapter shall be nonlapsing.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-28-03 7:16 AM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.