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New Notary Public Law Takes Effect on October 22, 2021

Pursuant to P.L. 2021, c. 179, New Jersey is implementing an updated notary public program. The new law institutes a number of important changes that collectively help to modernize the notary commissioning process and general notarial practices in this State, including provisions that:

  • Allow for remote and electronic notarizations;
  • Mandate electronic filing of commission applications;
  • Institute specific identification standards;
  • Set forth specific requirements for notary journals;
  • Establish requirements for notary certificates and stamps;
  • Specify expanded effectiveness of notarial acts performed outside of this State; and
  • Require education for and testing of non-attorney notaries public (these provisions will become effective in July of 2022).

We strongly encourage all current and prospective New Jersey notaries public, as well other interested parties, to read the law , the supporting administrative rules and revised New Jersey Notary Public Manual to gain an understanding of the new provisions.

NOTE: If you are an active Notary Public Commission and will offer remote and/or electronic notarizations, please visit our Notary Public Application, to update your Commission record with this information. Once there, select Remote/Electronic Notarization under File an Application. Then enter your Commission Number and Date of Birth to update your record.

Please direct any questions regarding the new law, rules and manual to our email gateway.


Last Updated: Monday, 10/25/21