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In 2021, the State of New Mexico enacted the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts, aka RULONA (Sections 14-14-A1 to 14-14A-32 NMSA 1978) which is effective January 1, 2022.
This change in law impacts every current and future commissioned notary public. RULONA makes a distinction between a notary public and a notarial officer. A notarial officer is not commissioned to perform a notarial act, but is authorized to perform a notarial act by certain authority, including individuals who are authorized to practice law in New Mexico, a New Mexico Judge, or New Mexico county clerk or deputy county clerk.
A notarial officer authorized to practice law in New Mexico is authorized to practice notarial acts with no expiration but shall maintain an active license to practice law. The commission expiration date is December 31, 2021, for a notarial officer authorized to practice law in this state who was commissioned under the previous Uniform Law on Notarial Acts.
All notarial officers will be required to get new official stamps to meet new legal requirements, keep a mandatory journal of notarial acts, and pass a training examination before being recommissioned. The new law also provides for notarial officers to apply with the Secretary of State to become authorized to perform remote online notarizations.
Notarial officers are required to have an official stamp that follows statutory requirements that is on file with the Secretary of State before the notarial officer performs a notarial act.
RULONA also provides that a judge of a court of this state, a court clerk or deputy court clerk of this state while performing a notarial act within the scope of the clerk’s duties, and an individual licensed to practices law in this state are “notarial officers” and may perform notarial acts without applying to become a commissioned notary public.
The Secretary of State’s Office has additional information about the changes and new requirements on their website that all current or prospective notaries should review. That information can be found by going to https://www.sos.state.nm.us/ or by calling the Secretary of State’s Office Business Services Division at 505-827-3600.
Please direct any questions regarding this notice to the Secretary of State’s Office Business Services Division by calling 505-827-3600.
NEW MEETING! Defenders in Recovery meets every Wednesday night at 5:30 PM. Our meeting schedule is as follows:
These meetings are open to all who seek recovery. We are a group of defenders supporting each other, sharing in each other’s recovery. We are an anonymous group and not affiliated with any agency or business.
Anonymity is the foundation of all of our traditions. Who we see in this meeting, what we say in this meeting, stays in this meeting. For the meeting link, we can be reached at email@example.com or Jen at 575-288-7958, Jaime at 505-225-9330, JJ at 307-321-4752