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Notary public applications now available online

More than 80,000 Kentuckians are notaries

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 22, 2017) — Applications to become a Kentucky notary public are available online, said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

A notary public is a public servant appointed by state government to witness the signing of documents and to administer oaths. Kentucky residents and non-residents may apply to be notaries to perform notarial acts within the state of Kentucky, but these documents may be sent to other states for recording. More than 80,000 people are Kentucky notaries.

On Grimes’ behalf, Rep. Jody Richards (D-Bowling Green) filed House Bill 218, which would update Kentucky’s notary laws with standardized statutes adopted by the Uniform Law Commission. Senate Bill 66, sponsored by Sen. Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville), would allow Grimes’ office to initiate a pilot program in certain counties to record electronic documents with a notarial act.

Nearly half of states allow for electronic notarizations.