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Dos and Don'ts


  • Learn the duties you are authorized to perform.
  • Learn the circumstances which may disqualify you from acting.
  • Learn what records, if any, you may wish to keep.
  • Learn what fees you can charge.
  • Keep your official seal or stamp in a safe and secure location.


  • Attempt to draft legal documents for your clients.
  • Notarize a blank or incomplete instrument.
  • Notarize a document that has already been signed.
  • Attempt to take an acknowledgement or administer an oath over the telephone or without the individual being present.
  • Permit others to use your official seal or stamp.
  • Place the words “My Commission Expires” inside the border of your seal.