Florida lawmakers have proposed legislation to make it easier for notaries to work for the public.
The bill, SB 15-13, would amend the state’s notary code to allow notaries who work for private companies to be issued a public notary license, which would be valid for 10 years.
The proposed legislation also would allow notary officials to work from home, which could increase transparency and reduce costs.
It would also make it possible for notary offices to operate without having to meet certain requirements, such as having to provide the county clerk’s office with an application, and requiring the notary to have a “certificate of authority” that can be obtained in some cases.
It has been a long time since a notarized office was able to function outside the bounds of the law, said Rep. Brian Giesler, R-St. Petersburg, the bill’s sponsor.
We need to take a look at all of the things that can cause problems, not only the notaries, but the people that are doing the notarization,” Giester said.
The legislation has not yet gone before the Senate.