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Massachusetts law about notaries public

A compilation of laws, regulations, cases, and web sources on notaries public law.

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Massachusetts laws

MGL c.183, s.42 Forms for acknowledgments and certificates of authority 

MGL c.183 Appx, Forms 13-16 Forms of acknowledgments, etc.

MGL c.222 Justices of the Peace, Notaries Public and Commissioners

Notary public

Notary Public Application Form, Mass. Governor. 

Statutory Forms, MGL c.222, s.15

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 2017. 
Discusses the use of remote electronic notarization.

General Information, Mass. Secretary of State

Massachusetts Notary Public, Massachusetts Notary Public and 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 come 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.

What is a notary public?, National Notary Association. 
PDF brochure; includes Spanish



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