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Termination/Resignat ion of Employment


Because my former employer paid for my notary commission, he will not allow me to take my notary seal and journal. Can he do that?

The notary laws in some states mandate that employers make available to their notaries their notary seal and notary journals upon resignation or termination. If your state law does not address this issue, this Association encourages you to take your notary materials with you upon resignation or termination. An employer cannot cancel a notary surety bond.

My employer paid for my notary commission. If I resign my job or move to another company, am I no longer a notary public?

In most states, a notary public who is a resident of the commissioning state is not commissioned contingent on where the notary is employed. A notary is commissioned until the commission term either expires or is suspended by the state’s commissioning authority.

Can I use my notary commission in my new employment?

In most states, notaries public are commissioned until the commission term either expires or is suspended by the state’s commissioning authority. Check your state’s notary laws, because there are a few states in which the commission is contingent on where the notary is employed.