Massachusetts law about notaries public

A compilation of laws, forms, and web sources on being a notary public.

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Massachusetts laws

MGL c.222 Justices of the peace, notaries public and commissioners


To become a notary

For use by notaries

Notary journal

The journal must be a bound book with sequentially numbered pages. A journal that has entries that are sequentially numbered will satisfy this requirement as well. The purpose of requiring a bound book is to prevent pages from being removed or altered. The book might be a special notary journal or a plain, bound book with sequentially numbered pages from a stationary store. Regardless of the kind of book you use, you must record all the information required by law. Available at the State Bookstore.

Web sources

Electronic acknowledgements, REBA Blog, March 9, 2017. 
Discusses the use of remote electronic notarization.

Massachusetts notary public, Massachusetts Notary Public & Legal Support Network
This site has more valuable information on notaries in Massachusetts than any other site we've found. Includes duties, oaths, forms, applicable laws and more.

Becoming a notary public, Mass. Governor
Includes information on applying to become a notary public, and finding a notary public.

Information on apostilles and certificates of appointment, Mass. Secretary of State
Explains the process for getting an Apostille or Certification for a notarized document going to a foreign country. Also explains in plain language the four types of notarial acts.

A path to electronic notary acknowledgments, The Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog, August 7, 2017.
Discusses the need to amend the current notary statute to accommodate new technological practices, especially relating to real estate documents.

What is a notary public?, National Notary Association. 
Also available as a PDF brochure.

Print sources

Legal forms, 5th ed. (Mass. practice v. 16-16A) Thomson Reuters/West, 2008 with supplement.
Chapter 44 Notarizations, Chapter 92 Acknowledgments. 



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