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SB317-SSA1,47 7Section 47 . 140.16 of the statutes is created to read:
SB317-SSA1,28,10 8140.16 Short form certificates. The following short form certificates of
9notarial acts are sufficient for the purposes indicated, if completed with the
10information required by s. 140.15 (1) and (2):
SB317-SSA1,28,11 11(1) For an acknowledgment in an individual capacity:
SB317-SSA1,28,1212 State of ....
SB317-SSA1,28,1313 County of ....
SB317-SSA1,28,1514 This record was acknowledged before me on ... (date) by .... (name(s) of
SB317-SSA1,28,1616 .... (Signature of notarial officer)
SB317-SSA1,28,1818 .... (Title of office)
SB317-SSA1,28,1919 [My commission expires: ....]
SB317-SSA1,28,20 20(2) For an acknowledgment in a representative capacity:
SB317-SSA1,28,2121 State of ....
SB317-SSA1,28,2222 County of ....
SB317-SSA1,28,2523 This record was acknowledged before me on .... (date) by .... (name(s) of
24individual(s)) as .... (type of authority, such as officer or trustee) of .... (name of party
25on behalf of whom record was executed).
1.... (Signature of notarial officer)
SB317-SSA1,29,33 .... (Title of office)
SB317-SSA1,29,44 [My commission expires: ....]
SB317-SSA1,29,5 5(3) For a verification on oath or affirmation:
SB317-SSA1,29,66 State of ....
SB317-SSA1,29,77 County of ....
SB317-SSA1,29,98 Signed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me on .... (date) by .... (name(s) of
9individual(s) making statement).
SB317-SSA1,29,1010 .... (Signature of notarial officer)
SB317-SSA1,29,1212 .... (Title of office)
SB317-SSA1,29,1313 [My commission expires: ....]
SB317-SSA1,29,14 14(4) For witnessing or attesting a signature:
SB317-SSA1,29,1515 State of ....
SB317-SSA1,29,1616 County of ....
SB317-SSA1,29,1717 Signed [or attested] before me on .... (date) by .... (name(s) of individual(s)).
SB317-SSA1,29,1818 .... (Signature of notarial officer)
SB317-SSA1,29,2020 .... (Title of office)
SB317-SSA1,29,2121 [My commission expires: ....]
SB317-SSA1,29,22 22(5) For certifying or attesting a copy of a record:
SB317-SSA1,29,2323 State of ...
SB317-SSA1,29,2424 County of ....
1I certify or attest that this is a true and correct copy of a record in the possession
2of ....
SB317-SSA1,30,33 Dated: ....
SB317-SSA1,30,44 ....(Signature of notarial officer)
SB317-SSA1,30,66 ..... (Title of office)
SB317-SSA1,30,77 [My commission expires: ....]
SB317-SSA1,48 8Section 48 . 140.17 of the statutes is created to read:
SB317-SSA1,30,10 9140.17 Official stamp. The official stamp of a notary public must satisfy all
10of the following criteria:
SB317-SSA1,30,12 11(1) Include the notary public's name, jurisdiction, commission expiration date
12if applicable, and other information required by the department.
SB317-SSA1,30,14 13(2) Be capable of being copied together with the record to which it is affixed or
14attached or with which it is logically associated.
SB317-SSA1,49 15Section 49 . 140.18 of the statutes is created to read:
SB317-SSA1,30,18 16140.18 Stamping device. (1) (a) A notary public is responsible for the
17security of the notary public's stamping device and may not allow another individual
18to use the device to perform a notarial act.
SB317-SSA1,30,2219 (b) On resignation from, or the revocation or expiration of, the notary public's
20commission, or on the expiration of the date set forth in the stamping device, if any,
21the notary public shall disable the stamping device by destroying, defacing,
22damaging, erasing, or securing it against use in a manner that renders it unusable.
SB317-SSA1,31,223 (c) On the death or adjudication of incompetency of a notary public, the notary
24public's personal representative or guardian or any other person knowingly in

1possession of the stamping device shall render it unusable by destroying, defacing,
2damaging, erasing, or securing it against use in a manner that renders it unusable.
SB317-SSA1,31,5 3(2) If a notary public's stamping device is lost or stolen, the notary public or the
4notary public's personal representative or guardian shall promptly notify the
5department on discovering that the device is lost or stolen.
SB317-SSA1,50 6Section 50 . 140.20 of the statutes is created to read:
SB317-SSA1,31,12 7140.20 Notification regarding performance of notarial act for remotely
8located individuals; selection of technology; acceptance of tangible copy of
9electronic record. (1)
A notary public may select one or more tamper-evident
10technologies to perform notarial acts with respect to electronic records. A person may
11not require a notary public to perform a notarial act with respect to an electronic
12record with a technology that the notary public has not selected.
SB317-SSA1,31,20 13(2) Before a notary public performs the notary public's initial notarial act for
14a remotely located individual under s. 140.145, the notary public shall notify the
15department that the notary public will be performing notarial acts for remotely
16located individuals under s. 140.145 and identify the technology the notary public
17intends to use. If the department has established standards for approval of
18technology pursuant to s. 140.27, the technology must conform to the standards. If
19the technology conforms to the standards, the department shall approve the use of
20the technology.
SB317-SSA1,31,25 21(3) A register of deeds may accept for recording a tangible copy of an electronic
22record containing a notarial certificate as satisfying any requirement that a record
23accepted for recording be an original, if the notarial officer executing the notarial
24certificate certifies or attests that the tangible copy is an accurate copy of the
25electronic record.
1Section 51. 140.24 of the statutes is created to read:
SB317-SSA1,32,3 2140.24 Database of notaries public. The department shall maintain an
3electronic database of notaries public to which all of the following apply:
SB317-SSA1,32,5 4(1) A person may verify through the database the authority of a notary public
5to perform notarial acts.
SB317-SSA1,32,8 6(2) The database indicates whether a notary public has notified the
7department that the notary public will be performing notarial acts for remotely
8located individuals under s. 140.145.
SB317-SSA1,52 9Section 52 . 140.26 of the statutes is created to read:
SB317-SSA1,32,17 10140.26 Validity of notarial acts. Except as otherwise provided in s. 140.04
11(2), the failure of a notarial officer to perform a duty or meet a requirement specified
12in this chapter does not invalidate a notarial act performed by the notarial officer.
13The validity of a notarial act under this chapter does not prevent an aggrieved person
14from seeking to invalidate the record or transaction that is the subject of the notarial
15act or from seeking other remedies based on law of this state other than this chapter
16or law of the United States. This section does not validate a purported notarial act
17performed by an individual who does not have the authority to perform notarial acts.
SB317-SSA1,53 18Section 53 . 140.27 of the statutes is created to read:
SB317-SSA1,32,21 19140.27 Rules; powers of the department. (1) (a) Subject to pars. (b) and
20(c), the department shall promulgate rules to implement this chapter. These rules
21shall do all of the following:
SB317-SSA1,32,2322 1. Establish maximum fees that may be charged by a notary public for
23performing a notarial act for a remotely located individual.
SB317-SSA1,32,2524 2. Prescribe the manner of performing notarial acts regarding tangible and
25electronic records.
13. Include provisions to ensure that any change to or tampering with a record
2bearing a certificate of a notarial act is self-evident.
SB317-SSA1,33,43 4. Include provisions to ensure integrity in the creation, transmittal, storage,
4or authentication of electronic records or signatures.
SB317-SSA1,33,75 5. Prescribe the process of granting, renewing, conditioning, denying,
6suspending, or revoking a notary public commission and assuring the
7trustworthiness of an individual holding a commission as a notary public.
SB317-SSA1,33,98 6. Include provisions to prevent fraud or mistake in the performance of notarial
SB317-SSA1,33,1310 (b) Rules promulgated under par. (a) regarding the performance of notarial acts
11with respect to electronic records may not require, or accord greater legal status or
12effect to, the implementation or application of a specific technology or technical
SB317-SSA1,33,1614 (c) In promulgating rules under par. (a) about notarial acts with respect to
15electronic records, the department shall consider, so far as is consistent with this
16chapter, all of the following:
SB317-SSA1,33,1817 1. The most recent standards regarding electronic records promulgated by
18national bodies, such as the National Association of Secretaries of State.
SB317-SSA1,33,2119 2. Standards, practices, and customs of other jurisdictions that substantially
20enact the revised uniform law on notarial acts (2018) or any subsequent version of
21this act.
SB317-SSA1,33,2222 3. The views of governmental officials, entities, and other interested persons.
SB317-SSA1,33,24 23(2) The department has the power, jurisdiction, and authority to do any of the
1(a) Investigate to determine whether a person has violated, is violating, or is
2about to violate this chapter or a rule promulgated or order issued under this chapter.
3For the purpose of an investigation under the chapter, the department may
4administer oaths and affirmations, issue subpoenas, take evidence, require the filing
5of statements, require testimony, and require the production of any records that the
6department considers relevant or material to the investigation.
SB317-SSA1,34,117 (b) Revoke, suspend, or restrict any commission or registration issued under
8this chapter if the department determines that the person holding the commission
9or registration has refused to comply with an investigation demand under par. (a) or
10has violated, is violating, or is about to violate this chapter or any rule promulgated
11or order issued under this chapter.
SB317-SSA1,54 12Section 54 . 140.30 of the statutes is created to read:
SB317-SSA1,34,15 13140.30 Uniformity of application and construction. In applying and
14construing this chapter, consideration must be given to the need to promote
15uniformity of the law with respect to its subject matter among states that enact it.
SB317-SSA1,55 16Section 55 . 140.31 of the statutes is created to read:
SB317-SSA1,34,22 17140.31 Relation to electronic signatures in global and national
18commerce act.
This chapter modifies, limits, and supersedes the Electronic
19Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 USC 7001 to 7031, but does not
20modify, limit, or supersede section 101 (c) of that act, 15 USC 7001 (c), or authorize
21electronic delivery of any of the notices described in section 103 (b) of that act, 15 USC
SB317-SSA1,56 23Section 56 . 140.34 of the statutes is created to read:
SB317-SSA1,34,25 24140.34 Short title. This chapter may be cited as the Revised Uniform Law on
25Notarial Acts (2018).
1Section 57. 236.21 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB317-SSA1,35,102 236.21 (2) (a) A certificate by the owner of the land in substantially the
3following form: “As owner I hereby certify that I caused the land described on this
4plat to be surveyed, divided, mapped and dedicated as represented on the plat. I also
5certify that this plat is required by s. 236.10 or 236.12 to be submitted to the following
6for approval or objection: (list of governing bodies required to approve or allowed to
7object to the plat)." This certificate shall be signed by the owner, the owner's spouse,
8and all persons holding an interest in the fee of record or by being in possession and,
9if the land is mortgaged, by the mortgagee of record. These signatures shall be
10acknowledged in accordance with s. 706.07 ch. 140.
SB317-SSA1,58 11Section 58. 236.295 (1) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB317-SSA1,35,1312 236.295 (1) (b) Ratifications of a recorded plat or certified survey map signed
13and acknowledged in accordance with s. 706.07 ch. 140.
SB317-SSA1,59 14Section 59. 244.05 of the statutes is amended to read: