Sample Notary Exam 4
Register for a Notary Class
7) Falsifying an acknowledgement can result in what penalties?
a) $750 fine and suspension or revocation of the notary commission.
b) $1,500 fine and suspension or revocation of the notary commission.
c) $2,500 fine and suspension or revocation of the notary commission.
d) $10,000 fine and suspension or revocation of the notary commission.
Correct answer: d
For example, if a notary completes an acknowledgment and someone else later changes information on that acknowledgment, i.e. the date or names of the persons indicated, that person will be guilty of forgery. When a notary falsifies an acknowledgment, the Secretary of State has determined that such action can be considered forgery.
Forgery may be a misdemeanor or felony.
Perjury is when someone falsifies a statement (whether written or oral) while that person is under oath. A notary is under the oath he or she filed with the County Clerk at the time of commissioning so falsifying an acknowledgment may also be considered perjury. This is also why notaries sign the acknowledgment under Penalty of Perjury.
Remember that almost all violations except for
infractions carry a potential for suspension or revocation of the notary commission.
Also note that when the notary is convicted for a crime relating to notarial
misconduct, or of any felony, the court will revoke the commission and the court will require the notary surrender his or her notary seal and the court will then send that seal to the Secretary of State along with the notification of the commission revocation.