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New Mexico Notary Stamp Requirements Effective 1/1/2022


Additional New Mexico notary laws go into effect on 1/1/2022. The most important law changes involve new notary stamp and journal requirements.

New Mexico Notary Stamp Requirements

All current New Mexico notaries must purchase an inked notary stamp that complies with the new notary stamp requirements listed below: 

The notary stamp must:

  1. Be in a ten-point font.
  2. Contain the words “State of New Mexico” and “Notary Public,” your legal name (precisely as listed on your certificate of commission), the issued commission number, and the commission expiration date.
  3. Not contain the New Mexico state seal.
  4. Include a border line.
  5. Be capable of being photocopied if affixed to a tangible record.

Notaries must submit an impression of the new seal to the Secretary of State before performing notarial acts.

To order a New Mexico stamp, please click here.

New Mexico Notary Journal Requirements

Starting 1/1/2022, all New Mexico notaries must record all notarial acts they perform in a permanently bound journal with numbered pages. A New Mexico notary also has the option to record notarial acts in an electronic journal that is tamper evident. Notaries must retain their journals for ten years.

To order a New Mexico notary  journal, please click here.

The American Association of Notaries has been serving notaries since 1994. We can provide you with notary stamps and notary journals that comply with the new law requirements. In addition, you will receive a membership in the American Association of Notaries—a $19.00 value—at no additional charge. Included in your membership is an electronic notary journal that complies with the new notary electronic journal requirements.

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