Pennsylvania Association of Notaries

Pennsylvania Association of Notaries


Question: Does anyone currently go to their county jails to do notarizations? If so, how do you get the assignment, criminal attorney's? I am in Bucks County.
Clarifying my notes: does PA allow for notarization of hybrid documents? For example, an acknowledgement with an oath that may be seen in a trust document?
New PA Notary Questions: can I notarize a document for a blind or deaf person? I assume there should be credible witnesses appearing before me. Can I notarize in PA a car title transfer? I got a call from a guy who sold his car online and needed the title transfer notarized. I was not able to make the appointment fit my schedule but still curious.
Certificate of origin handled like a title? This is for a livestock trailer going to Pennsylvania from Ohio. Also, would seller place name where it says dealer or leave blank?
Is there a notary public in Bangor, PA 18013 available for signing at 7:00 this evening, 11/9? Please inbox me. Thx
In the Notary Notes November/December 2019 Happy Holidays Office Hours Closed for Thanksgiving Nov 21 and 22. Thanksgiving is Nov 28.
Just a question, in PA, can a credible witness have a fiduciary interest in the transaction?
“Let’s roll” was the cry of these heroes❤️🇺🇸💙🇺🇸
Newbie question..... I believe PA has e-closing. Does anyone currently do e-closing? Do you mostly go to the client home or settlement office? Which platform would you recommend? Thanks in advance. P.S. I am in Bucks County. Anyone else? What about Lehigh or Montgomery?
Hello, I am doing some research as I look to become a loan signing agent, what is the market like in PA for loan signing agents? Are there specific PA signing agent sites such as notaryrotary that anyone can recommend to new LSAs? Thanks much.
A previous client contacted me to do a mobile home title transfer. Do I need to be a Motor Vehicle Agent to help her with this?
I have a 9 am EST refi appt tomorrow morning. When confirming details with the buyer tonight, he said he does not have any current valid government ID. He lost his drivers license (but has a yellow card to get it replaced) and he has only an expired military ID. Signing service says she needs to check with the client on how to proceed. I cannot accept these forms of ID, can I?

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The Pennsylvania Association of Notaries (PAN) is a professional notary organization specializing in state-approved notary education and providing step-by-step guidance on how to become a notary and renew your commission in Pennsylvania.

Check out our latest video on how to properly execute an acknowledgment in Pennsylvania.

[02/12/20]   Due to a staff meeting, PAN's offices will open at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, February 14. We apologize for the inconvenience.

[02/06/20]   Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries, PAN, must cancel the following Motor Vehicle Advanced Seminars:

Altoona – March 19

Butler – March 26

Youngwood – April 2

We apologize for the inconvenience.

[01/30/20]   If you've thought about using your notary skills to help others, we've got just the program for you.

PAN's Volunteer Connection (PVC) is a pipeline to community organizations in search of volunteers to assist individuals requiring notary services.

Since 2017, PVC has had 356 notaries throughout Pennsylvania join the program. These notaries are willing to volunteer their time and notary skills for helping senior citizens, military veterans, hospitalized patients, residents of women's and men's shelters, and during special events such as Wills for Heroes. Notaries involved in any volunteer effort do not charge notary or clerical fees.

PAN Customer Service Representative Megan Kurpakus is the PVC coordinator. She serves as liaison between the volunteer notaries who have joined the program and organizations and non-profits.

If you are interested in joining PAN's Volunteer Connection, please contact Megan, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-944-8790, ext. 107 or email her at [email protected].

Happy Friday everyone! Yes, we have a winner. But first, the answer to our PAN Trivia question. False. A REAL ID driver's license is not the only identification a notary may accept. Acceptable identification is a form of government ID that is current and contains a photograph or signature, an identification number and is acceptable to the notary. This includes passports or passport cards, driver's license or non-driver ID cards, ID cards issued by any branch of the U.S. armed forces, inmate ID cards issued by the PA Department of Corrections (for inmates currently in the custody of the Department), ID cards issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Social Security cards, Medicare cards and PA state and state-related university ID cards.

Our winner of January 2020 PAN Trivia is ... Linda Magro! Congratulations Linda. You will be receiving some very nice PAN prizes.

Good morning everyone! Let's get started with a True or False trivia question. Remember to post your answer in the Comment box. We will select a winner from the correct answers tomorrow morning.

True of False: By the end of 2020, a REAL ID will be the only legitimate driver's license identification a notary may accept.

Hey folks, happy 2020! Tomorrow we are going to post a new PAN Trivia question. So get ready to think and perhaps win a nice PAN prize.

[01/16/20]   When Utah resident Jeanne Souron-Mathers died last November, police were startled to find the body of her husband Paul in a chest freezer at the couple’s home.

Police also discovered a notarized letter from Paul stating that his wife was not responsible for his death, according to a search warrant unsealed in December.

Investigators now believe that Paul Mathers died a decade ago and are investigating the possibility that monthly payments to him from Veterans Affairs and Social Security kept coming in after his death.

A sergeant from the police department said investigators have filed subpoenas and are still awaiting financial records. The VA payments would total at least $177,000.

Paul Mathers is believed to have died between Feb. 4, 2009 and March 8, 2009. He had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and was being treated at a local Veterans Affairs medical center and was last seen there on Feb. 4, 2009.

But before he died, Paul Mathers wrote a letter stating his wife was not responsible for his death, and that letter was notarized in December 2008, the search warrant said.

Detectives tracked down the notary and she said she didn’t read it, she just stamped it. Jeanne Souron-Mathers died in November 2019 from what appears to be natural causes.

[01/09/20]   Pennsylvania drivers will have the option to show a third designation - a gender-neutral "X" - instead of either "M" (male) or "F" (female) on their licenses.

For individuals who identify as gender non-binary or transgender, the designation offers an option that is not exclusively male or female.

The current paper form, DL-32 - Request for Gender Change on Driver's License/Identification Card (7-19), shows only two check boxes, Male and Female, and must be signed by a licensed medical or social service provider: physician, CRNP, therapist/counselor, or social worker.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is in the process of updating its computer systems, forms, and employee training to allow customers to choose the "X" designation.

For individuals requesting REAL IDs, Pennsylvania licenses will continue to comply with federal REAL ID requirements, regardless of gender designation.

PAN: Notary and Motor Vehicle Education

PAN Education Schedule Changes

PAN has added afternoon Notary Reappointment Seminars for the following locations and dates:

- Allentown - January 29 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Lancaster - January 29 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Erie - February 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Seminar Cancellation:

The Clarion Notary Reappointment Seminar scheduled for March 4 has been cancelled.

Rescheduled Notary Seminars:

The First Time, Everyday Notary Challenges, and Notary Reappointment Seminars scheduled in Wilkes-Barre on March 24 and 25 have been rescheduled for March 3 (First Time and Everyday Notary Challenges) and March 4 (Notary Reappointment).

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-944-8790 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit our website at The Pennsylvania Association of Notaries (PAN) is provides state approved notary and motor vehicle education seminars.

Our thanks to Elaine Notary Rysbski for sharing this post with us. It is something to consider when notarizing documents in 2020.

[12/30/19]   In 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) began implementing five-year contracts for full agents. In addition to the longer term, the new contracts contained more stringent requirements for the security of registration plates and cards, as well as tougher sanctions for violations.

Full agents whose contracts expired before 2015 had the option to renew their existing three-year contract or begin the new five-year contract.

Full agents whose contracts expired on or after January 1, 2015 had no choice: they were required to sign a five-year contract to continue providing services to the public.

Those first five-year contracts will be coming up for renewal in 2020.

Publication 457, Agent Services Handbook contains the requirements for operating as a full agent and a sample five-year contract. The handbook is available on PennDOT’s website at

We wish our members, friends, and families a wonderful 2020! Our offices will be closed on January 1, 2020. We will reopen on Thursday, January 2.

[12/23/19]   The Department of State will close at noon on December 24 and will be closed December 25 and January 1.

PAN offices will be closed on December 24 and 25 for the Christmas holiday. We wish our members, friends, and families a joyous Christmas season.

[12/12/19]   Every PAN member has a profile in PAN’s Member Portal. If the profile is “enabled,” the profile appears in our Find a Notary search on our website and can be used for individuals who are searching for the services of a local notary.

Each member profile is disabled until the member enables the information. If you wish to have your profile appear in the Find a Notary search, you must enable the information by logging into the Member Portal. One the left side, you will see the link “Edit Notary Search Listing.” Click on the listing, double-check that your information is correct. Scroll down to the Notary Details section and update that information as well. Click on the Profile Status at the top of the Contact Information to enable your information, then scroll back down to click Update Profile.

Your contact information will appear in the Find a Notary page. the link allows visitors to our website to locate a notary by zip code, county or city.

PAN offices will close at noon on Friday, December 13 for our annual Christmas luncheon. We will resume our normal business hours (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) on Monday, December 16.

PAN offices will close at noon on Friday, December 13 for our annual Christmas luncheon. We will return to our regular business hours (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) on Monday, December 16.

Pennsylvania Association of Notaries

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[11/22/19]   PAN's Basic Motor Vehicle Seminar and our Advanced Motor Vehicle Seminar scheduled for Feb. 11 and Feb. 12, 2020 in Pittsburgh, have been cancelled.

PAN offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Wishing all our members and friends a happy Thanksgiving.

[11/20/19]   Help Wanted

Temporary part-time notary help is needed in Moon Township, Allegheny County. The position will continue until February. If interested, please call Mary at 412-953-2582.

[11/19/19]   Someone is contacting notaries about their notary bonds and demanding personal information or a payment.

Jim Holter, vice president of commercial surety for Merchants Bonding Company reported that a notary in Florida was recently contacted by an individual posing as a representative of Merchants. The caller told the notary that the rate on their notary bond had changed and demanded a payment over the phone. The notary contacted Merchants and learned there was no such rate change.

Holter said the company normally does not contact notaries about their bonds by telephone.

“If you get a call from someone claiming to be from Merchants, it’s highly likely an improper call,” he said. “Never give them any personal information or credit card information over the phone.”

If any PAN members receive such a phone call, please call our customer service department at 1-800-944-8790 immediately.

PAN's offices will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 22 for our annual Thanksgiving luncheon. We will close on the 22nd at 4 p.m. for Pittsburgh's Light-Up Night.

N.C. State Bar Disbars Local Attorney For Notary Fraud – Brevard, NC

A North Carolina attorney is disbarred for notary fraud. Local attorney Erica Erickson has been disbarred from the N.C. State Bar for “notary fraud.” In September, the State Bar stated that Erickson “knowingly made false statements to the court,” made “false certifications” and failed to disclose herself as an attorney in a case that resulted ...

We want to thank all our veterans, including PAN President Marc L. Aronson, for their military service. We are the land of the free because of the brave.

Housing scam investigation reveals Register of Deeds not allowed to verify deeds due to state law

Folks, housing fraud isn't just happening in Philadelphia and Reading, Pa. It's happening all over the country, including in North Carolina. This article is from the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, NC. “I'm glad NBC Charlotte is shining a light on this,” said Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham.

In honor of Notary Public Day, we're starting the day off with a word from Grumpy Cat.

[11/02/19]   PAN members: our holiday office hours for Thanksgiving are incorrect in Notary Notes. We will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving.

Our thanks to eagle-eyed member Mary Ann Haas for spotting the error and letting us know!

Remember to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night. Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 3. And you'll get an extra hour of sleep in return!

Happy Friday everyone!! Let's reveal the answer to yesterday's PAN Trivia question and this month's winner.

The answer to our question is True. Notary Public Day is celebrated on November 7th. It was established in 1975.

Let's all congratulate Terra Gambardella. She is this month's winner.

Terra, we'll be sending you some great PAN prizes.

Folks, we are going to take a holiday break from PAN Trivia. We will be back and raring to go in January with another PAN Trivia question.

Some of our staff dressed up to celebrate Halloween today. They are so cute!

It's PAN Trivia time! Here's this month's question:

True or False - Each year, Notary Public Day is celebrated on November 7th.


Hey folks! Tomorrow is PAN Trivia Day. Tune in for the question and your chance to win a PAN-fastic prize.

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[10/17/19]   Power has been restored.

The power remains out at One Montgomery Plaza in Norristown on Thursday, October 17, due to a blown transformer.

[10/16/19]   Montgomery County Power Outage Oct. 16, 2019

We have been advised that power is out at One Montgomery Plaza, Norristown due to a blown transformer. All county offices located in this building have been closed. This affects the following offices:

The Recorder’s Office is closed. While it appears documents can be submitted for eRecording, they will not be reviewed while the office is closed. Online access to recorded documents is available.

The Assessment Office is closed. Assessment information can be viewed online.

The Register of Wills is closed. The information previously available through the Court’s online system can still be searched.

The Prothonotary is located in a different building and is, therefore, not affected by the power outage.

There is no estimate on when the power will return. We will provide updated information as it becomes available.

[10/10/19]   A long-forgotten notarial record dating back to the 1970s-1980s recently came into the possession of the archivist of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg.

Archivist Casey Bowser contacted PAN to ask what should be done with the record of Sister M. Ellenita O’Connor, S.C., who served as a notary and treasurer of the Sisters of Charity congregation in Westmoreland County from 1979-1989.

“Sister Ellenita has been retired and living at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, for some time,” said Casey. “Recently, the Sister Servant and Administrator of Caritas Christi began helping Sister Ellenita clean out her room. In addition to priceless family films from the 1920s, her notarial record was sent to our archives.”

According to Casey, the archives hold all the records of the congregation, including information relating to the sisters’ lives and missions.

After speaking to a member of PAN’s Communications Department, Sister Ellenita’s notarial record was sent to the Westmoreland County Recorder of Deeds office.

We're baaaaack!

It's been nearly two years since Pennsylvania's notary law, RULONA (Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts) was instituted. Check out the video to see if you are RULONA-compliant.

[09/27/19]   A forged notary signature used by man to file for divorce.

A Houston-area man faced a judge after deputies said he fraudulently filed and completed a divorce from his wife without her knowing or consenting. The court had already filed the final divorce decree.

Deputies investigated and learned that Paul Nixon, 51, submitted forged documents and false information to the courts, including a forged waiver of service that listed a false address and phone number for his wife, Edna. In addition to the false info provided, the waiver of service also included a forged notary signature in which Nixon spelled the notary’s name wrong.

He has been charged with aggravated perjury for allegedly lying to the courts about the validity of the forms and the information on them. His wife set a motion to set aside the divorce and the court has since granted her motion due to the divorce being filed fraudulently.

[09/27/19]   The answer to this month's PAN Trivia question is ... witnessing or attesting a signature. This is the new notary act that was instituted by RULONA in 2017.
Our winner for PAN Trivia is Jenna Skopinski! 👏👏👏👏👏
Congratulations Jenna! You'll be receiving some nice PAN prizes in the mail in a few days.

Good morning everyone. It's time for PAN Trivia. Please type your answer to this question in the Comment box.

"Signed (or attested) before me on _________ by ________" is the wording for what notarial act?

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