Ward Bill Streamlining Notary Public Signature Registration Heads to Governor

HARRISBURG – A bill that streamlines the process to become a notary public heads to the governor’s desk, Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) said today.

“I’m thankful that we could get this legislation over the finish line before the close of the current session,” said Ward.  “This legislation was the result of careful and thoughtful bipartisan work by stakeholders, the Local Government Commission, and lawmakers.”

Senate Bill 807 amends Title 57 to eliminate the 50-cent fee for the registration of an official signature of a notary public, and to authorize the “Notary Register” to be located in either the prothonotary’s office or the office of the recorder of deeds. The bill further authorizes the electronic transfer of the official signature to the prothonotary’s office.

Counties may have offices for the recorder of deeds and prothonotary in different locations. The inflexibility of the current provisions require that notaries must visit different offices for the recording of a bond, oath, and commission, and the registry of an official signature.

“This legislation brings a much-needed modernization to Pennsylvania’s notary law,” said Ward.  “With these changes, notaries and local governments will be able to better serve their constituents efficiently and effectively.”

The bill now awaits the governor’s signature.

 

CONTACT: Nathan Akers