New Law: SBill 275 - Remote Notarization - July 1, 2021
"Helping Alabama Residents become Alabama Notaries."
Notaries for Alabama, the state's only widely-recognized support group for notaries, offers guidance, training and mentoring, surety bonds & insurance, and notary supplies, everything necessary to fulfill the important role of being a Commissioned Alabama Notary Public.
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There are 67 counties in Alabama and each one has its own requirements. Some counties require that you complete an application form; others do not. Some counties require personal references. Some counties will process your request on a walk-in basis; other counties require 2-3 weeks for processing.
Notaries for Alabama can help you sort out the details by answering your questions or putting you in touch with your Office of Probate. If you provide us with the name of the county you reside in, we can email you the information we have on file detailing your county's requirements and fees.
Every Notary Public must purchase a Surety Bond, in the amount of $25,000 in order to receive a commission. The Notary Bond is like a tangible promise you make to the residents of Alabama, that you will fulfill the duties and obligations of a notary, in accordance with state law.
You can purchase a Notary Surety Bond from an insurance agent, or you can purchase one here:
Michelle L. Riley
Independent Insurance Agent
Alabama License #0567331
Phone: (256) 503-6595
As long a you remain an Alabama Resident, and satisfy any other requirements or stipulations outlined by your county, your commission will be effective for four (4) years. At the end of that time period, you can renew the commission with a new application, bond, and renewal fee.
If you relocate to another county, you should notify your Judge of Probate. If you leave the State of Alabama you should also notify your Judge of Probate and discontinue notarizing signatures.
You are required to purchase an embosser or stamp with the official Notary Seal. Wait until after your commission has been approved before ordering supplies.
You can purchase an embosser (raised seal) or an ink stamp. Both are acceptable and it really does come down to personal choice. Notaries for Alabama recommends that you also purchase a Notary Journal. Please note that Alabama does not require its notaries to use a journal; however, it is a notary best practice.
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Yes! In 2019, the Alabama Secretary of State office compiled a handbook. A copy of the handbook is listed below with other Important Notary Documents.
Notaries for Alabama put together an informative brochure, "Getting Started as a Notary Public in Alabama". The brochure outlines ten steps to follow in order to obtain a notary commission. You can request a free copy by filling out the Contact Us page below, or sending us an email.
Also, in 2019, Notaries for Alabama created "Let's Get You Trained," a brochure that outlines the various types of notary training available to Alabama notaries You can request a free copy by filling out the Contact Us page below, or sending us an email.
Effective January 1, 2012, the State of Alabama increased the Notary Fee to $5 per notarial act.
An Alabama Notary Public is able to charge $5 for each signature acknowledged (notarized), and for each act performed.
Notaries who drive to meet with you can charge an additional fee or fees to compensate them for the expense of travel. Alabama does not set limits on what a notary can charge for travel.
Generally speaking, Alabama does not require its notaries to undergo training. However, we did hear that there may be a few counties who quiz or test notaries. Nonetheless, notaries are expected to notarize signatures accurately, and in accordance to the state's laws. We recommend training for every commissioned notary. Notary Basics is the best option, in our opinion, because it covers Alabama notary laws.
To view all of our classes and webinars for notaries, visit our training site at www.TrainAlabama.com
In 2019, Notaries for Alabama put together an informative flyer, "Now That You're Commissioned...Let's Get You Trained!" It outlines four (4) types of notary training classes that are available to Alabama Notaries. You can request a free copy by filling out the Contact Us page below, or sending us an email. Be sure to mention which county you reside in.
You can use Google, or find a list on the Secretary of State website. Here's a link to a complete list, with contact information.
Most Judges of Probate have an office at the County Courthouse.
The Secretary of State plays a key role in making information available to Alabama's Notaries. A complete list of notaries can be found here. This is how the general public verifies that you hold an active notary commission.
On Thursday, July 1, 2021, Alabama will be one step closer to Remote Online Notarization. Governor Ivey approved legislation that will allow notaries to continue using technology to conduct certain types of notarizations.
What is remote ink-signed notarization (RIN)?
RIN is when the document signer is in one location and the notary is in an entirely different location. The two (or more) individuals are connected by video and audio conference technology where they can see and hear each other.
The notary watches the signer(s) use a traditional ink pen to make their signature and date the document. The signer(s) must send the originally signed document to the notary. The notary also uses a traditional ink pen to make his/her signature on the document, apply the official seal, and return to the document back to the signer(s).
Is that it?
No. There are a number of stipulations and requirements that must be met by the signer and notary. Before attempting this type of notarization it's imperative that both the notary and signer understand the new law. Notaries for Alabama is hosting free webinars to help familiarize notaries and other legal professionals with the new requirements. To register, go to TrainAlabama.com. A copy of the signed legislation is available for download (below).
Michelle has been the driving force behind Notaries for Alabama since 2013. She conducts notary classes throughout Alabama (classroom and online). She is best known for "Notary Basics: Training for Alabama's Notaries," - a four-hour class that covers Alabama notary laws and nationally-accepted notary best practice.
In 2017, Michelle started a Facebook Group, Notaries for Alabama Hangout, that gives new and experienced notaries the opportunity to network and learn. Currently, the group has over 900 active members. It's a place where notaries can ask questions and learn from their peers. It's also where many notaries learn about new laws that affect their work (i.e., Alabama's new Marriage Law; and Remote Notarization). Hangout members include not only notaries, but also lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants, court reporters and insurance agents.
Michelle provides guidance to notaries who are interested in starting a business as a traveling notary and/or signing agent.
In 2014, the National Notary Association (NNA) recognized Michelle for her efforts by naming her one of their Notary of Year Honorees. She has been a frequent presenter at the NNA's Annual Notary Conferences since 2015. She is an NNA Notary Ambassador (r).
Would you like Michelle to speak to members of your organization about being a Notary Public? Email Notaries4Alabama@Gmail.com.
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