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Notary Notes

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.

An unsworn declaration is defined as a declaration in a signed record [that is] not given under oath but [is] given under penalty of perjury. In an effort to provide the public with continuity and added convenience across their forms, PennDOT is currently reviewing additional forms that may qualify to have the notarization requirement transitioned to an unsworn declaration.

As a result of this amendment, PennDOT recently made changes to the MV-44, “Application for Duplicate Registration Card or Replacement of Registration Plate,” and replaced the notarization requirement with an unsworn declaration statement. PennDOT has continued it’s review of our applications and have updated the following forms with an unsworn declaration statement:
  • Form MV-16A, “Application for abandoned manufactured home certificate of title or non-repairable certificate"
  • Form MV-38A “Authorization to Print Title and Release to Dealer/Owner At Dealer Auction”
  • Form MV-38D “Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title by a Pennsylvania Registered Dealer with a
  • DIN/Business Partner ID”
  • Form MV-38L “Application for Duplicate Title or to Record, Renew, Remove A Lien, or to Correct Lien
  • Information by Lienholder”
  • Form MV-38O “Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title By Owner”
  • Form MV-77 “Application for Farm Vehicle Registration Plate”
  • Form MV-77A “Application for Farm Vehicle 2-Year Certificate of Exemption”
  • Form MV-145 “Application for Person with A Disability or Hearing Impaired Registration Plate or A Person
  • With A Disability Motorcycle Plate
  • Form MV-145A “Person with Disability Parking Placard Application”
  • Form MV-145V “Application for Disabled Veteran, Severely Disabled Veteran Registration Plate or
  • Severely Disabled Veteran Motorcycle Plate Decal”
Please note, both parts of the unsworn declaration must be completed for the application to be processed. An example of the unsworn declaration can be found below:
Additionally, if a customer utilizes a previous version of the MV-44 that does not contain the updated unsworn declaration section, as seen below, the document MUST still be notarized:

This change is effective immediately.

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