Bulletin: FL000113

Date:
April 26, 2006
To:
All Issuing Offices in Florida
RE:
Notary Public - HB 567 and SB 1312

Dear Associates:

Bills have been introduced to both the House and the Senate during the current legislative session which would create new regulation of Notary Public.

This Bill would require each Notarial Act to be recorded in sequence in a Journal which would require the following:

  1. The Date and Time of the Notarial Act
  2. The type of Notarial Act
  3. The Title or Name of the Document Transaction
  4. The Signer's Printed Name and Signature
  5. The signer's complete address, telephone number and specific type of identification presented by the signer
  6. The Notary Public must retain the Journal for at least 5 years after the date of the last entry in that Journal.

Attorneys and their employees would be exempt from the Notary requirements, who is either a Florida Attorney or who is employeed by a Florida Attorney.

Failure to comply may consitute grounds for suspension or non renewal of the Notary Public Commission.

If you have strong feelings either for or against this Legislation we encourage you to write to your Local State Representative and State Senator and express your opionion.

THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
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Underwriting Manual:
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Exceptions Manual:
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Forms:
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