HOUSE BILL No. 1957
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Synopsis: Notaries public. Requires an applicant for a commission as
a notary public to secure a bond in the amount of $10,000 instead of in
the amount of $5,000.
Effective: July 1, 2001.
January 17, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Financial Institutions.
First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1957
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 33-16-2-1; (01)IN1957.1.1. -->
IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 1. (a) Any applicant for
a commission as a notary public must:
(1) be at least eighteen (18) years of age; and
(2) be a legal resident of Indiana.
(b) A notary public shall be appointed and commissioned by the
governor. A notary public shall hold office for eight (8) years. A notary
public, when so qualified, shall be authorized to act throughout
(c) A person may request an application to become a notary public
from the secretary of state. The secretary of state shall prescribe a
written application form on which a person may apply for a
commission as a notary public. The secretary of state may provide an
applicant with enhanced access (as defined in
) to an
application form that may be completed and submitted to the secretary
of state by means of an electronic device.
applies to an
application form provided by enhanced access under this section. The
application form must include the applicant's county of residence, oath
of office, and official bond. The application must also contain any
additional information necessary for the efficient administration of this
(d) The applicant shall:
(1) personally appear with an application form before an officer,
authorized by law to administer oaths, who shall administer an
oath of office to the applicant; or
(2) certify on an application form under penalty of perjury that the
applicant will abide by the terms of the oath.
The secretary of state shall prescribe the manner in which an applicant
may complete a certification authorized under subdivision (2).
(e) The applicant shall secure an official bond, with freehold or
corporate security, to be approved by the secretary of state in the sum
five ten thousand dollars ($5,000). ($10,000). The official bond shall
be conditioned upon the faithful performance and discharge of the
duties of the office of notary public, in all things according to law, for
the use of any person injured by a breach of the condition. The
completed application shall be forwarded to the secretary of state. The
secretary of state shall forward each commission issued by the
governor to the applicant or the applicant's surety company.
(f) The secretary of state shall charge and collect the following fees:
(1) For each commission to notaries public, five dollars ($5).
(2) For each duplicate commission to notaries public, five dollars