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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.

A Guide to Notarial Wording

by PAN
Always look for proper notarial wording before notarizing any document. Read more

PennDOT Policy Change for Verifying Identification

In a memo to all PennDOT Business Partners dated December 8, 2021, the Director of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced a policy change for verifying identification. Read more

Witnessing or Attesting a Signature

by PAN
Witnessing or attesting a signature authorizes a notary to witness or attest a signature. Read more

Need to Find Your Notary Commission Number?

by PAN
An easy way to find your notary commission number and expiration date that's available 24-7. Read more

The Diference Between an Oath or Affirmation and a Verification on Oath or Affirmation

by PAN
Difference between an oath or affirmation and a verification on oath or affirmation. Read more

Dealers' Documentary Fee Increases for 2021

by PAN
The maximum documentary fee licensed dealers can charge increased from $324 to $328 for processing title work manually. 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 Should You Do if Your Stamp is Stolen?

by PAN
What would you do if you notary stamp was stolen? In this article, we discuss what steps to take if you notary equipment is stolen or misplaced. Read more

Help Wanted: Part/Full-Time Notary/Title Agents

by PAN
Looking for part/full-time Notary/Title Agent to work in busy notary office located in the New Kensington area. Read more

New Year Notary Review

by PAN
As 2022 approaches, it is time to review some of the most important rules a notary must follow! No matter how long you have been a commissioned notary, it is good to refresh your knowledge of the basics each year. Read more

Using Social Media to Grow Your Notary Business

by PAN
Social media is more than a place to share funny videos of cats with your family and friends. Notaries can use it as a powerful marketing tool to help attract new customers and build lasting relationships. Read more

Your Middle Name and the Department of State

by PAN
Recently, there has been some confusion regarding the use of a middle name on PAN applications and Pearson VUE exams. Read more

Luzerne County Repeals Fee for Local Use Effective January 1, 2022

by PAN
In 2018, Luzerne County passed an ordinance under Act 89 to implement a “Fee for Local Use” of $5 for each vehicle registered to an address located in the county. Luzerne County has since repealed the ordinance. The effective date of the repeal is January 1, 2022. Read more

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