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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 17-729



Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts

[47 Pa.B. 2518]
[Saturday, April 29, 2017]

 Under section 4 of the act of October 9, 2013 (P.L. 609, No. 73), known as the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA), the Department of State (Department) gives notice that it has approved notary education courses under 57 Pa.C.S. § 322(b) (relating to examination, basic education and continuing education). A list of approved courses may be found at (select ''What to Know About RULONA'').

 RULONA was enacted on October 9, 2013, with provisions relating to the Department's authority to approve education courses, make regulations and set fees immediately effective. Under section 5 of RULONA, the remainder of RULONA shall take effect October 26, 2017, 180 days after publication of this notice.

 The intervening 180 days will allow all new and renewing notaries public to become competent in the requirements of RULONA. The Department recommends, but does not require, that all notaries applying for appointment or reappointment in the next 6 months complete a RULONA-compliant education course.

 On October 26, 2017, all remaining provisions of RULONA will become effective. These include major changes to the application process, such as a requirement that all applicants who do not hold an active notary commission, at the time their application is received by the Department, must pass an examination, and all notaries, new and renewing, must complete a 3-hour RULONA-compliant education course. These changes will apply to all applications received on or after October 26, 2017.

 For further information on RULONA, including a summary of the changes instituted by RULONA, see (select ''What to Know About RULONA'').

 The appointment, commissioning and discipline of notaries public is performed by the Department's Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, Division of Commissions, Legislation and Notaries (Division). Visit the Division's web site at for more information on notaries public. Further inquiries may be directed to the Division at 401 North Street, Room 210, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 787-5280,


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-729. Filed for public inspection April 28, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]

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