Letter from Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson

Dear Notary Public,

The largest single group of public officials in our state, with over 80,000 members, is the group of notaries public. As a notary public, your duties serve a crucial function within the state.

To assist you in rendering professional service, my office maintains this guide outlining the laws governing the official acts of notaries. Please take a few minutes to read this for your knowledge and protection.

This document, although a good reference, does not provide guidance for every question, problem, or situation you might face as a notary. If at any time you are unsure how to proceed, I recommend you seek legal advice; as a notary you may be liable both criminally and civilly for any negligent or fraudulent acts.

If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to call my office at (317) 232-6542. We are always available to serve you and the public.

Connie Lawson
Secretary of State

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