House Bill No. 239

Introduced By tropila, kottel, christiaens

A Bill for an Act entitled: An Act prohibiting a notary public from notarizing the notary's own signature; and amending section

1-5-416, MCA.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:

Section 1.  Section 1-5-416, MCA, is amended to read:

"1-5-416.   Powers and duties. (1) A notary public shall:

(1) (a) subject to subsection (2), take the acknowledgment or proof of any power of attorney, mortgage, deed, grant, transfer, or other instrument executed by any person and give a certificate of such the proof or acknowledgment, endorsed on or attached to the instrument;

(2)(b)  take depositions and affidavits and administer oaths and affirmations in all matters incident to the duties of his the notary public's office or to be used before any court, judge, officer, or board in this state;

(3)(c)  whenever requested and upon payment of his the required fees therefor, make and give a certified copy of any record in his the notary public's office;

(4)(d)  provide and keep an official seal, upon which must be engraved the name of the state of Montana and the words "Notarial Seal", with the surname of the notary public and at least the initials of his the notary public's given name;

(5)(e)  authenticate with his the notary public's official seal all official acts. Whenever the notary public signs his name officially as a notary public, he the notary public shall add to his the signature the words "Notary Public for the State of Montana, residing at.... (stating the name of his the notary public's post office)" and shall endorse upon the instrument the date of the expiration of his the notary public's commission.

(2) The notary public may not notarize the notary's own signature."