Mexico Notary Public
A Message From
Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron
Effective July 1, 2003, a new notary public law went into effect. In addition to an increase in the application fee and the surety bond amount, the new law also provides duties and responsibilities for the notary as well as increased fees that notaries may charge for their services. The new Notary Public Act is included in this handbook for your reference. As a Notary Public you are a state official serving an important function. Your role as an impartial witness to the signatures on documents and the affixing of your seal plays an important role in the prevention of fraud and protection of the parties involved.
It is your responsibility to determine that a person signing a document is the person he or she claims to be.
The duties and responsibilities of New Mexico Notaries Public are set forth in Chapter 286, Laws of 2003, which are reproduced herein.
If you have questions of a legal
nature you should consult an attorney. However, if you have any questions
that are not of a legal nature and are not addressed here, please telephone
our Office of the Secretary of State at (505) 827-3600, or (800) 477-3632.
You may also write or visit us at the State Capitol North Annex, Suite
300, Santa Fe, NM 87503.
Table of Contents
Notary Public Act (Effective July 1, 2003)
|1.||Information for Notary Public|
|2.||Notary Public Law|
|7.||How to perform a notarization|
|8.||View Sample Notarial Certificates|
|9.||View Sample Notarial Certificates in Spanish|
|12.||Apostilles and Certificates of Appointment|
|13.||Apostilles and Certification of Appointment (En Espanol)|
|14.||New Mexico Notary Public Handbook|
The following forms and instructions are in Adobe PDF format and require a Adobe Acrobat reader version to be read. If you do not already have a copy or have an earlier version loaded on your computer, Acrobat Reader version is available for various platforms (PC, MAC, Unix, etc.) free. To download a free copy click
and Instructions for becoming a Notary Public*
16. Notary Public Name Change Application For your convenience forms are fillable!
17. Notary Public Change of Address Form
18. Notary Public Request For Duplicate Certificate of Appointment
19. Notary Education and On-Line Training
The New Mexico Secretary of State encourages all New Mexico notaries to take advantage of on-line education resources or other educational courses offered by national organizations. As public officials it is important for notaries to maintain a level of education appropriate for conducting their notarial duties. Provided for you as a public service , listed below are national organizations that present for a fee on-line education, live notary seminars, membership and notary journals.
American Society of Notaries National Notary Association
Notary Law Institute United States Notary Association
DISCLAIMER: The notary organizations listed above are provided merely as a quick reference for those interested in pursuing training, membership, educational materials or notary supplies. It is not the intention of the Secretary of State to exclude any organization not specifically mentioned and it should be noted that the reference as listed above are not the only resources of the kind available. It is therefore recommended that individuals with such interests research the specifics of available entities to obtain the full spectrum of their available options.
* For notaries applying for
a renewal commission, Section 14-12A-6, NMSA 1978, states that "...a
notary public may be reappointed upon making application in the same manner
as required for an original application."
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