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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.

Fraud Guard service monitors records in Philadelphia

by PAN
The City of Philadelphia Records Department has an improved email alert service available to all notaries public to help them determine if their signature and notary stamp were used fraudulently on a document recorded in the Department. Read more

Have you taken your notary exam online?

by PAN
A little more than a month ago, Pearson VUE gave notary applicants the opportunity to take the notary exam online via their OnVUE app. Read more

PennDOT Phases in Newly-Designed Driver Licenses and Identification Cards

by PAN
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that, as part of ongoing security enhancements, PennDOT is updating the design and enhancing the security features of its driver license and identification card products. Read more

The $1.00 Purchase Price Dilemma

by PAN
When a vehicle owner declares the purchase price of a vehicle was $1.00, most likely the vehicle owner will receive a letter from the PA Department of Revenue, Bureau of Enforcement Planning Analysis & Discovery Unit. Read more

Notary Trivia Webinar

by PAN
PAN will be presenting our latest webinar “Notary Trivia” on Friday, August 26th. The webinar will be interactive, with participants testing their notary knowledge on a variety of topics. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Read more

Philadelphia VIP Searching for E-Notarization Assistance

by PAN
Philadelphia VIP is in need of remote notaries to assist its clients with numerous documents. Philadelphia VIP is a legal services organization that guides volunteer attorneys through providing pro bono legal representation. Read more

Online Registration Program Reconstructed-Flood Vehicle Processing Guide

by PAN
PennDOT has recently published PUB 880, Online Registration Program Reconstructed/Flood Vehicle Processing Guide. The publication is a new training that can be accessed on PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website. Read more

Verification of Identity by PennDOT Business Partners for Motor Vehicle Transactions

by PAN
Currently, PennDOT business partners (Agents) are required to attach a legible photocopy of the front and back of the accepted identification credentials along with any title and/or registration application submitted to PennDOT or processed through PennDOT Online Programs. Read more

PennDOT Announces New Online Service

by PAN
Individuals who have a Person with Disabilities Parking Placard now have the option to renew, receive a replacement, or update their address on their permanent placard online. Read more

Notary Certificate Must Indicate Electronic Notarization

by PAN
The Pennsylvania Department of State notes that the notary wording attached to or logically associated with an electronic notarial act must indicate that the act involved the use of communication technology. Read more

Renewing Your Commission Early

by PAN
If you have been a notary for almost 4 years, it is time to renew your notary commission! We're here to help you through every step of the way. Read more

Notarizing a Signature By Mark in Pennsylvania

by PAN
A signature by mark is an alternative to writing a full signature. In this article, we discuss what we suggest is best when notarizing a signature by mark. Read more

Changes to Notarization Requirements for PennDOT Applications

by PAN
Act 15, signed into law on April 20, 2020, now allows for the use of an “Unsworn Declaration” to be used in place of notarization on some PennDOT applications. Read more

What to Do When There's No Notary Wording

by PAN
More often than not, customers do not know what type of notarization they need. If the document doesn’t have the proper notary wording to indicate what act to perform, your customer has to choose a notarial act to be performed. But how can they choose if they don’t understand? Read more

SCAM ALERT: Fake Text Message

by PAN
The phone number (423) 560 - 6204 messaged a PAN member claiming to be our President and CEO, Marc Aronson, asking for gift cards for a "client." This is a scam Read more

PAN's Recruit-A-Member Program: April Winner

by PAN
All members can earn chances to win $100. The next recruiting period is April, May, and June. Read more

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