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Notary Public is required to have and to use a Texas Notary
Public Seal. The seal must be kept in a locked and
secured area, under the direct and exclusive control of the notary public and
must not be surrendered to an employer upon termination of employment, whether
or not the employer paid for the seal, or to any other person. Because of the
legal requirement that the seal be photographically reproducible, the rubber stamp
seal is almost universal; however, notaries public may use an embosser seal in
addition to the rubber stamp. The legal requirements for a seal are shown
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Texas Notary Seal
A notary public shall provide a seal of office
that clearly shows, when embossed, stamped, or printed on a document, the words
"Notary Public, State of Texas" around a star of five points, the
notary public's name, and the date the notary public's commission expires. The
notary public shall authenticate all official acts with the seal of office.
The seal may be a circular form not more than
two inches in diameter or a rectangular form not more than one inch in width
and 2Ω inches in length. The seal must have a serrated or milled edge border.
The seal must be affixed by a seal press or
stamp that embosses or prints a seal that legibly reproduces the required
elements of the seal under photographic methods. An indelible inkpad must be
used for affixing by a stamp the impression of a seal on an instrument to
authenticate the notary public's official act.
Subsection (c) does not apply to an
electronically transmitted authenticated document, except that an
electronically transmitted authenticated document must legibly reproduce the
required elements of the seal.
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TEXAS NOTARIAL DEFINITIONS
NOTARY ACKNOWLEDGMENT: A formal declaration before an authorized
official, such as a notary public, by someone who signs a document and confirms
that the signature is authentic. Also, the certificate of the officer on such
instrument indicating that the document has been so acknowledged.
NOTARY AFFIDAVIT: A voluntary declaration of facts, written down and
sworn to or affirmed by the declarant (ìaffiantî) before a Notary Public or
other officer having the authority to administer an oath.
NOTARY AFFIRMATION: The act of affirming the truth of a document, not
an oath. "I solemnly affirm and declare the foregoing to be a true
statement...î Note that an affidavit may appear in two forms: a sworn
affidavit with oath, or an affirmed affidavit with affirmation. Each has the
same legal import.
NOTARY JURAT: A certification added to an affidavit or document
stating when, where and before whom such affidavit was made.
NOTARY OATH: A solemn declaration, accompanied by a swearing to God or
a revered person or thing, that oneís statement is true or that one will be
bound to a promise. The person making the oath implicitly invites punishment if
the statement is untrue or the promise is broken.
NOTARY PROTEST: A Notary Publicís written statement that, upon
presentment for payment or acceptance, a negotiable instrument was neither paid
NOTARY VERIFICATION: A formal declaration by which one swears to or
affirms the truth of the statements in a document. Also, the statement of a
Notary Public that the person appearing before the notary has been properly
identified as being the person purported to be appearing.
Public - Texas Secretary of State†
This is the main webpage for the Notary Public Section of the Texas Secretary of State.
It contains lots of very useful information including state laws concerning
Texas Notary Publics.
Gov't. Code Ann. ß 406.014 requires that a Notary Public maintain a record
book. This record book must be maintained whether or not any fees are charged
for your notary public services.
A TEXAS Notary Public other than a court clerk notarizing instruments for
the court shall keep in a book a record of: (1) the date of each instrument
notarized; (2) the date of the notarization; (3) the name of the signer,
grantor, or maker; (4) the signer's, grantor's, or maker's residence or alleged
residence; (5) whether the signer, grantor, or maker is personally known by the
notary public, was identified by an identification card issued by a
governmental agency or a passport issued by the United States, or was
introduced to the notary public and, if introduced, the name and residence or
alleged residence of the individual introducing the signer, grantor, or maker;
(6) if the instrument is proved by a witness, the residence of the witness,
whether the witness is personally known by the notary public or was introduced
to the notary public and, if introduced, the name and residence of the
individual introducing the witness; (7) the name and residence of the grantee;
(8) if land is conveyed or charged by the instrument, the name of the original
grantee and the county where the land is located; and (9) a brief description
of the instrument.
Journal Of† Notarial Events†† †††††††††Journal
of Notary Records††††††††††††††††††
What is a Texas Notary Public?
A Notary Public is a public servant with statewide jurisdiction who is
authorized to take acknowledgments, protest instruments permitted by law to be
protested (primarily negotiable instruments and bills and notes), administer
oaths, take depositions, and certify copies of documents not recordable in the
A Notary Public is, in the true sense of the word, "a public
servant" and "an officer of the State of Texas", conveniently
located in the community so that the notary may be of service to the public.
Each Notary Public takes an official oath of office to faithfully perform the
duties of the office, and to insure such performance, a notary public is
required to post a $10,000.00 bond with the Secretary of State.
What is the purpose of a Texas Notary Public?
The primary duty of a Texas Notary Public is to show that a disinterested
party (the Notary Public) has duly notified the signer of an instrument as to
the importance of such document, and the signer of such document has declared
that the signerís identity, signature, and reasons for signing such instrument
are genuine. The signature and seal of a Notary Public do not prove these facts
conclusively, but provide prima facie proof of them, and allow persons in trade
and commerce to rely upon the truth and veracity of the Notary Public as a
third party who has no personal interest in the transaction.
Texas Notary Public Liability
A Notary Public is personally liable for negligence or fraud in the
performance of the duties of the office. The bond is to insure that the person
injured can recover at least $10,000.00, but this does not protect the Notary
Public from personal liability for the full extent of damages caused by a
breach of official duty. In addition to civil liability, Notaries Public may be
subject to criminal prosecution and the revocation or suspension of their
notary public commission by the Secretary of State's office.
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