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Sample Notary Exam 4

Question 11

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11) Notarizing any document (other than a Deed of Trust) containing information known by the notary to be false can result in which of the following charges?
          a) Infraction
          b) Misdemeanor
          c) Felony
          d) None of the above

 

 


Correct answer: b
         
          Most violations are misdemeanors. See the previous question for a discussion on felonies. There are two infractions:
a) Willful failure to notify the Secretary of State of a name change is punishable as an infraction by a fine of up to $500.
b) Willful failure to notify the Secretary of State of a change of address is punishable as an infraction by a fine of up to $500.

Below is a listing of notary misconduct which are classified as misdemeanors:
a) It is misdemeanor for a notary to notarize any document, other than documents relating to a Deed of Trust (see felonies) that contains information known by the notary to be false.
b)  Any person acting as a notary without being duly commissioned.
c)  Destruction, concealment or defacing notary records.g notary records.
d) Soliciting or coercing a notary to perform an illegal or an improper act.
e)  Making false statements to a notary.
f)  Failing to submit notarial journals to the County Clerk within 30 days after a notary commission is no longer valid and the notary does not obtain reappointment.
g)  Willfully fails to properly maintain his or her notarial journal.
h)  Willfully fails to notify the Secretary of State if his or her notarial journal is lost, stolen, rendered unusable or surrendered to a peace officer.
i)  Willfully fails to permit a lawful inspection or copying of his or her notarial journal.
j)  Willfully fails to keep his or her notarial seal under direct and exclusive control.
k) Willfully surrenders his or her notarial seal to any person not authorized to possess it.
l) Any person who solicits, coerces, or influences a notary public to improperly maintain the notary public’s journal.

 

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