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H.B. 172





Sponsor: LaWanna Lou Shurtliff

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill amends the Notaries Public Reform Act to require four hours of notarial
             9      education.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    beginning July 1, 2005, establishes a requirement of four hours of training for
             13      notaries applying for a new commission or renewing a commission as a notary
             14      public;
             15          .    authorizes the lieutenant governor's office to approve interactive or classroom
             16      instruction; and
             17          .    authorizes the lieutenant governor to require commissioned notaries to attend notary
             18      education if the commissioned notary violates a provision of the Notary Act.
             19      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          46-1-3, as last amended by Chapter 136, Laws of Utah 2003
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             28          Section 1. Section 46-1-3 is amended to read:
             29           46-1-3. Qualifications -- Commissioning -- Jurisdiction and term.
             30          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (3), the lieutenant governor shall commission as a
             31      notary any qualified person 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 lieutenant governor containing no significant
             38      misstatement or omission of fact and include at least:
             39          (i) a statement of the applicant's personal qualifications, the applicant's residence
             40      address, a business address in this state, and daytime telephone number;
             41          (ii) the applicant's age and date of birth;
             42          (iii) all criminal convictions of the applicant, including any pleas of admission and
             43      nolo contendere;
             44          (iv) all issuances, denials, revocations, suspensions, restrictions, and resignations of a
             45      notarial commission or other professional license involving the applicant in this or any other
             46      state;
             47          (v) the acknowledgment of a passing score by the applicant on a written examination
             48      administered under Subsection (5);
             49          (vi) a declaration by the applicant; and
             50          (vii) an application fee determined under Section 63-38-3.2 ;
             51          (e) be a Utah resident or have permanent resident status under Section 245 of the
             52      Immigration and Nationality Act; [and]
             53          (f) be endorsed by two residents of the state who are over the age of 18[.]; and
             54          (g) complete at least four hours of approved notary education in accordance with
             55      Subsection (6).
             56          (3) The lieutenant 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 lieutenant governor may perform
             63      notarial acts in any part of this state for a term of four years, unless the person resigned or the
             64      commission is revoked or suspended under Section 46-1-19 .
             65          (5) Each applicant for a notarial commission shall take a written examination approved
             66      by the lieutenant governor and submit the examination to a testing center designated by the
             67      lieutenant governor for purposes of scoring the examination. The testing center designated by
             68      the lieutenant governor shall issue a written acknowledgment to the applicant indicating
             69      whether the applicant passed or failed the examination.
             70          (6) (a) Beginning July 1, 2005, each applicant for a notarial commission or applicant to
             71      renew a notarial commission must complete at least four hours of approved notary education
             72      within the six-month period immediately preceding the application for a commission or a
             73      renewal.
             74          (b) Notary education may either be interactive or classroom instruction. All education
             75      programs shall be preapproved by the lieutenant governor with a core curriculum that includes
             76      the duties and responsibilities of the notary office and electronic notarization.
             77          (c) An applicant must submit a certificate of attendance from the preapproved
             78      education program with the application for a commission or a renewal.
             79          (d) (i) The office of the lieutenant governor may, for good cause, order a commissioned
             80      notary to attend a preapproved education program.
             81          (ii) For purposes of this section, "good cause" includes an act or omission by the notary
             82      that constitutes a violation of this act.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-27-04 2:26 PM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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