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November 2004

Release Date: November 4, 2004

ASU to Offer Notary Public Certification Seminar

Individuals interested in becoming notary publics can learn about the requirements and notary law by participating in "Texas Notary Law and Procedures," a seminar sponsored Thursday, Nov. 16, by Angelo State University's Division of Continuing Studies.

The seminar, scheduled 1-4 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Continuing Studies Building at 2501 W. Avenue N, will introduce participants to the required legal procedures for processing documents and following state record-keeping mandates. New laws arising from the 78th legislative session also will be examined.

A state-certified instructor will teach the course to prepare new notary applicants and to renew commissioned notaries to perform their required legal duties on behalf of the State of Texas. The seminar covers definitions, the role of a notary, procedures for becoming a notary public and the notary public's legal authority. The seminar will also examine stamp and seal requirements, notarizing for husbands and wives or business partners, and prohibited acts.

"Anyone who has considered becoming a notary public has the opportunity to have her questions answered in a small, relaxed, local seminar," said Dixie Lucey, state director of education for the Texas Notary Public Association. "Individuals who already are notary publics can gain state-of-the-art information as we examine recent legislative changes. Organizations that can benefit from this training include banks, credit unions, law offices, police stations, sheriff offices, bookkeeping services, school districts, medical offices and small businesses that need the services of a notary public or would like to offer that service to their customers and clients."

Cost for the seminar is $125 and includes instruction and the Texas Notary Law and Procedure manual and reference guide.

For additional information or to register, contact ASU's Division of Continuing Studies at (325) 942-2339.