Important Information for Notaries Public

Commencing on December 1, 2018, the Office of Professional Regulation, under the Vermont Secretary of State, will be responsible for issuing and regulating Notary Public commissions instead of the Assistant Judges. Changes in the application and commission process are based on Act 160: An Act relating to regulating Notaries Public, which was signed into law by the Governor on May 22, 2018.

As the VBA has shared in its 2018 Legislative Summary, some highlights of the changes include shortening the term from four years to two, a $15 application fee per term, the exemption of attorneys from the new exam and education requirements commencing February 2021, codified acknowledgement content and methods of verifying identification, the option of a stamp, seal or notary commission number, the prohibition of remote notarization and the creation of two notary advisors for rule-making, with one representative appointed by the VBA. 

The initial outreach letter from the Secretary of State’s office can be found HERE.  Applicants can submit applications on-line commencing in mid-December, and all notaries will be given notice when that date is finalized.  The VBA will be offering a CLE program via webinar on the new law before its effective date of July 1, 2019. No action is required at this time.