The No. 1 function of the American Notary is to protect the public's rights and assets through bearing witness to document signings, administering oaths and – in the physical presence of the Notary – ensuring a signer's identity and willingness to sign a transaction. Our system of commerce relies upon properly performed notarizations that maintain the rule of law, preserve the integrity of an agreement, and ensure the authenticity of a transaction.

Notary Knowledge outlines several topics that may be unfamiliar to the public. Key subjects include how Notaries protect consumers, fundamental Notary practices, how the foreclosure "robo-signing" crisis could have been avoided, how "notarios publico" prey on unsuspecting immigrants, the emerging use of electronic notarization, and the importance of Notary education and training, among others.

Elected officials and experts from across the nation agree that America's Notaries are the guarantors of trust in American commerce. The below video excerpts and resources were designed to educate the public on what Notaries do, how they protect the public, and what can happen when they are not involved in a transaction. Expand your Notary Knowledge.

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Notaries 'Seal The Deal'

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler

Posted on June 15, 2011

In his opening remarks at the NNA's 2011 Conference, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler describes the consequences of ignoring notarial best practices.

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Notary Education Is Essential

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman

Posted on June 15, 2011

In her Keynote Address at the NNA's 2011 Conference, Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman discusses the continuing need for Notary education.

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Top 10 Notary Practices

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman

Posted on June 15, 2011

AL Secretary of State tells Notaries that they should "always say always" to adhering to Notary laws and recommended Notary practices in order to protect the public and avoid liability.

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Notaries: The Guarantors Of Trust

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler

Posted on June 30, 2011

During the NNA's 2011 Conference Welcome Reception, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler discussed the important role notaries play in today's business environment.

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Notaries Can Stop Elder Abuse

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman

Posted on June 15, 2011

Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman discusses protecting older document signers from elder abuse at the NNA's 2011 Conference.

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Foreclosures Without A Notary

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler

Posted on June 15, 2011

In his opening remarks at the NNA's 2011 Conference, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler describes the consequences of ignoring notarial best practices.

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eNotarization Is Rooted In Basics

Patricia B. Fry of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws

Posted on June 15, 2011

Patricia B. Fry of the NCCUSL examines the future role of Notaries in electronic transactions during her acceptance speech for the NNA's 2011 March Fong Eu Achievement Award.

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Nationwide 'Notario' Crackdown

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler

Posted on June 30, 2011

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler discusses the crackdown on Notario Publicos in his state and others at the NNA's 2011 Conference.

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