Notary Public Self-Test Question

Each of the following questions deals with an important aspect of acting as a notary public within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In order to test your familiarity with the duties and responsibilities of acting as a notary public, it is recommended that you take the self administered examination.

Click on the response, true or false for the answer to each question.

  1. A notary public commissioned by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may perform notarial acts anywhere in the United States.
    True    False


  2. A notary public commissioned by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may perform notarial acts anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
    True    False


  3. A notary public may use a rubber stamp as a substitute for his/her signature.
    True    False


  4. A notary public may notarize his/her own signature.
    True    False


  5. A notary public can delegate his/her notarial authority to another person.
    True    False


  6. A notary public may not act as such in any transaction involving a person who is related to the notary public.
    True    False


  7. A notary public may act as such in any transaction in which the notary public is financially interested.
    True    False


  8. A notary public may not act as such in any transaction in which the notary public has a direct interest.
    True    False


  9. A notary public may advise persons regarding questions of law.
    True    False


  10. A notary public need not require an individual to personally appear before them when executing an affidavit where the notary public is personally familiar with the signature of the individual.
    True    False


  11. A jurat is a statement set forth on the affidavit by the notary public who administered the oath showing when, where and before whom it was sworn.
    True    False


  12. The notarization of an affidavit guarantees that (1) the affiant personally appeared before the notary public (2) that the affiant was identified by the notary public and (3) the affiant was sworn by the notary public to tell the truth.
    True    False


  13. The fees for performing notarizations are fixed by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, with the approval of the Office of Attorney General, and may not be exceeded by the notary public.
    True    False


  14. An acknowledgment is a statement made by a person who signs a document admitting he/she signed it and knew what he/she was doing at the time the document was executed.
    True    False


  15. The date set forth on the acknowledgment may be different from the date set forth on the document to which it refers but in no instance may it be earlier than the date of the document.
    True    False


  16. Under the Uniform Acknowledgment Act, an attorney-at-law can appear before a notary public and execute an acknowledgment certifying that he personally witnessed an individual sign the instrument in question.
    True    False


  17. With the limited exception of documents presented to the recorder of deeds for filing, a notarization should always set forth the notary public's signature, title, the notary public's rubber stamp seal, and the date of the notarization.
    True    False


  18. The date of the notarization will always be the date the notarization was made. Notarizations cannot be backdated.
    True    False


  19. The Notary Public Law, as amended, requires every notary public to keep a notary register of all official acts.
    True    False


  20. A notary register must contain (1) the date of the notarial act (2) the character of the notarial act (3) by whom or to whom the document was executed (4) the date of the instrument and (5) the notary fee paid.
    True    False


  21. The Secretary of the Commonwealth can revoke the commission of any notary public who collects fees due to a state agency from a customer and then issues a bad personal check to the agency on the customer’s behalf.
    True    False


  22. Within forty-five (45) days of the date of his/her appointment, an applicant for a notary public commission must be bonded by a surety, take the bond to the recorder of deeds of the county where an office is located and take his/her oath to be sworn in as a notary public.
    True    False


  23. A notary public is required to have a bond.
    True    False


  24. A notary public must identify an individual who appears before him/her.
    True    False


  25. A notary public has the option of determining the identity of an individual appearing before him/her through satisfactory evidence, which is defined as reliance on the presentation of a current, government-issued identification card bearing a photograph, signature or physical description and serial or identification number. 
    True    False


  26. The official signature of each notary public shall be registered with the prothonotary’s office of the county where the notary public maintains his/her office.
    True    False


  27. Where the name of the notary public is changed by decree of court or otherwise, a notary public may continue to perform official acts in the name in which he/she was commissioned until the expiration of his/her term, but he/she shall, within thirty (30) days after entry of such decree or after such name change, notify the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the recorder of deeds of the county in which he/she maintains an office, of such change of name.
    True    False


  28. Where the address of a notary public changes within the Commonwealth, notice in writing shall be given to the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the recorder of deeds of the county of the original appointment by the notary public within thirty (30) days of such change.
    True    False


  29. A notary public vacates his office by residing outside of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
    True    False


  30. A notary public seal is a rubber stamp which includes (1) the words "Notarial Seal," (2) the name and surname of the notary public, (3) the words "Notary Public," (4) the name of the municipality and county in which the notary public maintains an office, (5) the date the notary public’s commission expires and (6) a plain border.
    True    False


  31. The maximum size of the notary stamp seal is set by statute.
    True    False


  32. The Secretary of the Commonwealth 's disciplinary options under the Notary Public Law are limited to the rejection of any application or the revocation of the commission of any notary public for good cause.
    True    False



Modified Date: 12/16/2009 09:13 AM