Laws Related to Florida Notaries Public (Selected Laws)
Chapter 117, Florida Statutes, covers appointment, application, suspension, revocation, application fee, bond, and oath; administration of oaths; marriages; acknowledgments; use of notary commission; unlawful use; notary fee; seal; duties; employer liability; name change; advertising; photocopies; penalties; validity of acts prior to April 1, 1903; law enforcement officers and correctional officers; certification of notary's authority by Secretary of State; false or fraudulent acknowledgments; penalty; prohibited acts; and validity of acts, seals, and certificates prior to January 1, 1995.
- 117.01 Appointment, application, suspension, revocation, application fee, bond, and oath.
- 117.03 Administration of oaths.
- 117.04 Acknowledgments.
- 117.045 Marriages.
- 117.05 Use of notary commission; unlawful use; notary fee; seal; duties; employer liability; name change; advertising; photocopies; penalties.
- 117.06 Validity of acts prior to April 1, 1903.
- 117.10 Law enforcement and correctional officers.
- 117.103 Certification of notary's authority by Secretary of State.
- 117.105 False or fraudulent acknowledgments; penalty.
- 117.107 Prohibited acts.
- 117.108 Validity of acts, seals, and certificates prior to January 1, 1995.
Electronic Notarization & Related Information (Chapter 668, Florida Statutes)
- (1) SHORT TITLE.--This section may be cited as the "Uniform Electronic Transaction Act."
- (2) DEFINITIONS.
- (3) SCOPE.
- (4) PROSPECTIVE APPLICATION.
- (5) USE OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS AND ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES; VARIATION BY AGREEMENT.
- (6) CONSTRUCTION AND APPLICATION.
- (7) LEGAL RECOGNITION OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS, ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES, AND ELECTRONIC CONTRACTS.
- (8) PROVISION OF INFORMATION IN WRITING; PRESENTATION OF RECORDS.
- (9) ATTRIBUTION AND EFFECT OF ELECTRONIC RECORD AND ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE.
- (10) EFFECT OF CHANGE OR ERROR.
- (11) NOTARIZATION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT.
- (12) RETENTION OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS; ORIGINALS.
- (13) ADMISSIBILITY IN EVIDENCE.
- (14) AUTOMATED TRANSACTIONS.
- (15) TIME AND PLACE OF SENDING AND RECEIVING.
- (16) TRANSFERABLE RECORDS.
- (17) CREATION AND RETENTION OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS AND CONVERSION OF WRITTEN RECORDS BY GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES.
- (18) ACCEPTANCE AND DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS BY GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES.
- (19) INTEROPERABILITY.
- (20) SEVERABILITY.
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA
NOTARIES ARE PUBLIC (STATE) OFFICERS
SECTION 5. Public officers.--
GOVERNOR'S AUTHORITY TO SUSPEND NOTARIES
DISQUALIFICATION DUE TO FELONY CONVICTION
SECTION 4. Disqualifications.--
SECTION 10. Felony; definition.--
Additional Florida Statutory References to Notaries Public
RECORD OF CONVEYANCES OF REAL ESTATE
WITNESSES, RECORDS, AND DOCUMENTS
NOTARIES AUTHORIZED TO PERFORM MARRIAGE CEREMONIES
DOMESTIC RELATIONS - MARRIAGE
NOTARIES AUTHORIZED TO VERIFY A VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN)
MOTOR VEHICLES - TITLE CERTIFICATES
NOTARIES AUTHORIZED TO CERTIFY THE CONTENTS OF A SAFE-DEPOSIT BOX
BANKS AND BANKING
NOTARIZING A WILL WITH A SELF-PROOF AFFIDAVIT
ESTATES AND TRUSTS
CRIMES; PENALTIES AND FINES FOR VIOLATION OF NOTARY LAWS
OFFENSES BY PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES
FORGERY AND COUNTERFEITING
PENALTIES AND FINES FOR VIOLATION OF NOTARY LAWS
-Excerpts from Statute:
- (3) A person who has been convicted of any other designated felony may be punished as follows:
- (d) For a felony of the third degree, by a term of imprisonment not exceeding 5 years.
- (4) A person who has been convicted of a designated misdemeanor may be sentenced as follows:
- (a) For a misdemeanor of the first degree, by a definite term of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year;
- (b) For a misdemeanor of the second degree, by a definite term of imprisonment not exceeding 60 days.
CHAPTER 118, Florida Statutes
Chapter 118 covers Florida international notaries.
AUTHORITY OF SECRETARY OF STATE TO ISSUE APOSTILLES
Procedure for Document Authentication