Oregon Notary Laws changed radically last year. Learn the ins and outs by attending one of the free seminars announced by the Oregon Secretary of State:
Brush up your notary knowledge and get the answers to your questions by attending a Secretary of State sponsored seminar for current and future notaries public. This seminar is a comprehensive and thorough examination of notary basics: what a notary is, responsibilities and liabilities, how to notarize, notary certificates, and the notary journal. This is your chance to talk to the state agency that regulates notaries, and participate in lively discussions about procedures, practices and notary laws.
Our office has raised notary education to a new level. We have scheduled free notary seminars throughout the state to give every notary an opportunity to become properly trained and educated about Oregon laws and good notary procedure.
Check back often for new dates, times and locations. See the complete list of seminar offerings here.
Here is an announcement from the Oregon Secretary of State on the new Notary Public Program:
The 2013 Oregon Legislature adopted the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts, completely replacing the old notarial statutes with modern and standard language. Please see our announcement page [for] a copy of the new law and proposed rules. To match the updated laws, the Secretary of State has modernized its method of commissioning Oregon notaries public, too. The new system will be in place beginning September 3, 2013.
Whether you are a new notary, being re-commissioned, or simply need to update your record, you may be affected by these changes.
Dates to note:
- August 21 – LAST DAY to finish the old online Oregon Notary Education tutorial. If you pass the final test by that date, you can use the certificate number to apply under the new system. If you have not finished the tutorial or passed the test, you will need to start over September 3.
- August 21 – New forms posted on the Notary website. These forms are best submitted after September 3rd.
- August 21 – The revised Notary Public Guide will go online. You will want to download or bookmark the copy because many of the expectations of notaries public have changed, including a new kind of notarial act for the disabled and the opportunity to notarize electronic records.
- August 23 – LAST DAY to submit a commission under the old laws. New commission applications must be RECEIVED by the 23rd to be accepted and processed under the old rules.
- September 3 – FIRST DAY of new law and new system. All commission applications must be done online. Amendments shall be free.
- September 3 – FIRST DAY of the new Oregon Notary Education tutorial. New applicants (and other interested parties) can take the free online class and learn the new law changes.
- September 30 – LAST DAY to submit old amendment forms. After this day, any of the old forms will be rejected without processing.
From the Oregon Secretary of State – 2010 Notary Seminar Schedule
Brush up your notary knowledge and get answers to your questions by attending a seminar for current and future notaries public. The seminars are a comprehensive and thorough examination of notary basics:
- What a notary is
- Responsibilities and liabilities
- How to notarize
- Notary certificates
- Maintaining a notary journal
This is also your chance to talk to the state agency that regulates notaries, and participate in discussions about procedures, practices and notary laws.
Visit the Oregon Secretary of State Web site for further information on notary seminars throughout Oregon. Enrollment now open for St. Helens, Tillamook, Milwaukie, Wilsonville, Heppner, Prineville, Lakeview, Hillsboro, Portland, The Dalles, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Medford, Bend, Burns, Pendleton, Enterprise, John Day, and Lake Oswego.