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Notary Blog

Notary and Motor Vehicle News

The latest information on notary and motor vehicle news for the state of Pennsylvania.

Notary Public vs. Notary Signing Agent in Pennsylvania: Understanding the Key Differences and Responsibilities

by PAN
In the state of Pennsylvania, the terms "Notary Public" and "Notary Signing Agent" are often used interchangeably, but they refer to distinct roles with specific responsibilities. Understanding the differences between these two positions is crucial for both professionals in the field and individuals Read more

Replacement of Illegible Registration Plates

by PAN
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has provided new options for customers to replace illegible registration plates, making the process easier and more convenient. Read more

PennDOT Bulletin 24-08 - General Registration Reissuance

by PAN
PennDOT has initiated a reissuance process to replace the oldest registration plates in use, starting with plates beginning with the letters E, F, G, H, and Y during a transfer of the registration plate to a new vehicle. This process, which began in January 2018, aims to ensure that vehicles on the Read more

Top Notary Questions Webinar

by PAN
Join PAN for our upcoming free webinar, "Top Notary Questions," scheduled for Friday, March 1st, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. During the webinar, we will address the most common questions received by our Member Service Representatives in the past year. Following the presentation, there will be a question Read more

Driver & Vehicle Services Update

by PAN
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) issued Driver and Vehicle Services Update Bulletins 23-23 and 23-24. Read more

Beware of third-party websites when ordering official government documents

by PAN
Ordering official government documents online can be a convenient way to get the things you need, but it is important to be aware of the risks involved. Third-party websites that offer to help you order these documents can charge you extra money and even steal your personal information. Read more

PennDOT Bulletin 23-21 - Registration Plate Replacement Fees

by PAN
Recently, PennDOT revised and created several forms to assist processors and to provide clarity to customers when requesting a replacement registration plate. These changes will help streamline our process, provide clarity when a fee is due with an application and make it easier for our customers to Read more

New Commercial Driver License (CDL) Skills Testing to be Implemented by PennDOT

by PAN
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has announced the implementation of a modernized commercial driver's license (CDL) skills testing system. This new system is designed to improve the accuracy and efficiency of CDL testing for commercial drivers. Read more

PennDOT Act 89 Fee Adjustments

by PAN
Act 89, which became law on November 25, 2013, biennially amends many sections of Title 75. Act 89 represents an investment in Pennsylvania’s future: increasing public safety, driving commerce, creating jobs, and providing reliable funding for our transportation needs without leaving the bill to our Read more

PennDOT announces New Functionality within Dealer and Agent Services (DAS) System

by PAN
PennDOT has announced new enhanced functionality within the Dealer Agent Services (DAS) System. This new feature will allow authorized agents and dealers to order, return, and request refunds for temporary registration plates. They can also view their account balances and inventory credits. Read more

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Expands Documents Accepted as Proof of Social Security Number

by PAN
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is expanding the documents that residents can use to prove their Social Security number when applying for a REAL ID. The new policy will allow residents to use a W-2 form, an SSA-1099 form, a non-SSA-1099 form or pay stub with applicant’s name Read more

The Importance of Demanding Personal Appearance

by PAN
As a notary in Pennsylvania, one of the most important things you can do as a notary is to demand personal appearance of your customers. At PAN, we consider it the “Golden Rule” for being a notary. Read more

PAN's Find a Notary Feature

by PAN
Our Find a Notary feature on our website, allows you to search for notaries in your area. Simply enter your zip code and the distance, and the tool will provide you with a list of nearby notaries. You can even filter your search by language and services offered. Read more

Fill Out Your Notary Applications Online: A Convenient and Time-Saving Feature

by PAN
PAN members can now fill out notary applications online. We are excited to offer this feature as a benefit of membership. Read more

Consumer Price Index (CPI) Fee Adjustments Announced

by PAN
Act 89, which became law on November 25, 2013, biennially amends many sections of Title 75. Act 89 represents an investment in Pennsylvania’s future: increasing public safety, driving commerce, creating jobs, and providing reliable funding for our transportation needs without leaving the bill to Read more

DLDV is back in business effective March 28

by PAN
Effective Tuesday, March 28, 2023, Integrators will restore the DLDV requirement in their systems and all agents are again required to complete the DLDV check for processes that require identification verification. Read more

Central Registration Plate Reissuance Memo

by PAN
PennDOT is now expanding the general reissuance program to include the “G” and “H” series passenger plates. These plate series were manufactured over ten years ago and many are showing their age. Read more

PennDOT Memo on the Driver’s License Data Verification (DLDV) system

by PAN
As you are aware, all agents involved with title and registration transactions have been required to use the Driver’s License Data Verification (DLDV) system and process regardless of online status. Read more

Live Education Seminars Added for Remainder of 2023

by PAN
PAN has added live in-person seminars and live via Zoom seminars for the remainder of 2023 on our website. Read more

My PearsonVUE “OnVUE” Online Notary Exam Experience

by PAN
As one of the Instructors at PAN, I think it is important to understand the process and steps our members take to schedule PearsonVUE’s online exam “OnVUE.” So, I decided to let my commission expire, and take the exam online to share my experience firsthand with you. Read more

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