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Section 5: Scope and Description of Duties

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(a) A notary public may perform the following notarial acts:

  (1) Acknowledgments;

  (2) Oaths and affirmations;

  (3) Jurats;

  (4) Signature witnessing;

  (5) Copy certifications;

  (6) Issuance of summonses for witnesses as set forth in

       section 1 of chapter 233; and

  (7) Witness the opening of a bank safe, vault, or box as set

       forth in  section 32 of chapter 167.

 

(b) In completing a notarial act, a notary shall sign his or her

     name exactly as it appears on the notary's commission.

 

(c) A notary shall keep an official notarial seal that is the

    exclusive property of the notary, which may not be used

    by any other person.

  (1) A notary public shall obtain a new seal if the notary public

       renews his or her commission, receives a new commission, or

       changes his or her name.

  (2) The notarial seal shall include: the notary public's nam exactly

       as indicated on the commission; the words "notary public",

      "Commonwealth of Massachusetts" and "my commission

      expires on [commission expiration date]"; and a facsimile of

      the great seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  (3) Each new notarial seal that uses ink shall, after the date of this

       Executive Order, use black ink.

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Section 4: Duration of Commission

As set forth in Article IV of the Articles of Amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth, a person commissioned as a notary public may perform notarial acts in any part of the commonwealth for a term of seven years, unless the commission is earlier revoked or the notary resigns.

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