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Laws and rules: Notaries public

What's changing?

On July 1, 2018, the current notary laws in Chapter 42.44 RCW will be replaced by Chapter 42.45 RCW. You should be aware of the following changes:

  • The notary public appointment will now be called a notary public commission.
  • You'll be required to keep a journal describing each notarial act you perform.
  • You'll be able to apply for an Electronic Notary Public endorsement. With the proper software, this endorsement will allow you to notarize electronic documents.

We're currently developing new rules, and changes may come up throughout the process. Check back regularly for updates, and be prepared for the changes by reading the new law.

You can participate in the rulemaking process. See the rulemaking activity for Chapter 308-30 WAC below.

Current laws and rules

Rulemaking activity
Rule and status Public hearings or comments
Chapter 308-30 WAC: Notaries Public See preproposal statement of inquiry for information on submitting comments.
Title 36 WAC: Licensing, Department of (Professional Athletics)
Title 98 WAC: Licensing, Department of (Cemetery Board)
Title 308 WAC: Licensing, Department of
See Preproposal Statement of Inquiry for information about submitting comments.
Title 308 WAC: Licensing, Department of Public hearing held January 7, 2020
Chapter 308-30 WAC: Notaries Public Public hearings held May 9, 2018 and May 10, 2018
WAC 308-30­155 Satisfactory evidence of identity Public hearing held March 10, 2015

*To request this information in an alternative format, please email RulesCoordinator@dol.wa.gov or call 360.902.3843. Call 711

Explanation of abbreviations

  • RCW—Revised Code of Washington (Washington State laws)
  • WAC—Washington Administrative Code (Washington State agency regulations)

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