Notary Public Self-Test Answers

  1. False. A notary commissioned by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may perform notarial acts only within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


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  2. True. A notary public commissioned by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may perform notarial acts in any of the 67 counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.



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  3. False. A notary public may not use a rubber stamp as a substitute for his/her signature. Permitting a notary public to use a rubber stamp as a substitute for his/her signature would permit fraud in the notarization of documents. Accordingly, each notarization must be made using the actual signature of the notary public.  Please note that a notary's electronic signature is permissible on electronic documents where a Pennsylvania notary public is participating in the Electronic Notarization Initiative. 


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  4. False. A notary public may not notarize his/her own signature.


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  5. False. A notary pubic cannot delegate his/her notarial authority to another person.  See section 12(e) of the Notary Public Law. 


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  6. False. A notary public may notarize documents in any transaction involving a person who is related to the notary public provided that the notary public has no direct or financial interest in the transaction which is being notarized.  See section 19(e) of the Notary Public Law.


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  7. False. A notary public is not permitted to notarize documents in any transaction in which the notary public is financially interested.  See section 19(e) of the Notary Public Law.



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  8. True. A notary public may not notarize documents in any transaction in which the notary public has a direct interest.  See section 19(e) of the Notary Public Law.


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  9. False. Since a notary public is not a lawyer, the notary public may not advise persons regarding questions of law.



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  10. False. A notary public is always required to have the individual personally appear before them who is executing an affidavit even where the notary public is personally familiar with the signature of the individual.


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  11. True. 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.



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  12. True. 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.



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  13. True. The fees for performing notarizations are fixed by the Secretary of the Commonwealth by regulation, with the approval of the office of Attorney General, and may not be exceeded by the notary public.  See 4 Pa. Code §161.1.


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  14. True. 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.



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  15. True. 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.



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  16. True. 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.  See section 7(5) of the Uniform Acknowledgment Act.



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  17. True. With the limited exception of documents presented to the recorder of deeds for filling, 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.



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



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  19. True. The Notary Public Law requires every notary public to keep a notary register of all official acts.   See section 15 of the Notary Public Law.


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  20. True. 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.  The register must also be in chronological order.  See section 15(a) of the Notary Public Law.
     


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  21. True. 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.  See section 22.2 of the Notary Public Law.
     


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  22. True. Within forty-five days of the date of his/her appointment, an applicant for a notary pubic commission must be bonded by a surety, take the bond to the recorder of deeds of the county where his/her office is located and take an oath to be sworn in as a notary public.  See section 8 of the Notary Public Law.


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  23. True. A notary public is required to have a bond in the amount of $10,000.  See section 8 of the Notary Public Law. 


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  24. True. A notary public must determine the identity of an individual who appears before him/her.  See section 12.1(a) of the Notary Public Law.

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  25. True. 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.  See section 12.1(a) of the Notary Public Law.




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  26. True. 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.  See section 9 of the Notary Public Law.



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  27. True. Where the name of a 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.  See section 10 of the Notary Public Law.


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  28. False. 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 five (5) days of such change. (Address change may also be submitted electronically.)  See section 7(a) of the Notary Public Law.



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  29. False. A notary public does not vacate his office by residing outside of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as long as he remains employed in the state.  See section 7(b) of the Notary Public Law.




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  30. True. A notary 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.  See section 12(a) and (b) of the Notary Public Law.
     



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  31. True. The maximum size of the notary stamp seal is set by statute.  The seal shall have a maximum height of one (1) inch and width of three and one-half (3 1/2) inches.  See section 12(b) of the Notary Public Law.
     



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  32. False. The Secretary of the Commonwealth may, for good cause, not only reject any application or revoke the commission of any notary public, but also issue a written reprimand or suspend the commission of a notary public.  The Secretary may also, for good cause, impose a civil penalty, not to exceed $500.00 for each act or omission under the Act and/or order a notary public to attend notary public education courses.  See section 22 of the Notary Public Law.


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