Free Law Database Will Help Keep Notaries Up to Date
The National Notary Association is making it easier for notaries across the United States to find new and historical laws and regulations affecting their industry through an online law database.
Looking for the latest laws affecting notaries in your state? Now you can look no further than the National Notary Association’s new law database—a searchable collection of notary laws and regulations pertaining to the 4.4. million U.S. notaries.
It’s part of NNA’s relaunched website, which was overhauled to create a better user experience as well as to improve the association’s notary support and training.
“At the end of the day, we want to be able to provide the best service and the best information about notary law to our members, and this [database] can provide that to them,” said Bill Anderson, NNA’s vice president of legislative affairs. “You could probably find the information if you wanted to by going to each individual state’s website and do a blanket search for notary legislation. But it would take a lot of work in terms of sifting through the bills.”
The association’s new database assembles all that information in one, easy-to-find place that also happens to be open and free for anyone to use. The audience might include workplace compliance units keeping track of notaries on staff or policymakers doing legal research or writing their own legislation—a process that often involves reviewing the law in other states.
Anderson, who is compiling the laws—both new ones and those dating back several years—said the association in the past has emailed legal updates to members individually. While NNA still plans to do that, the database provides members more flexibility in accessing that information.
Each listing in the database includes the state, bill or regulation number, a brief summary and analysis of what the law changed, when the law goes into effect, and a link to the full text of the legislation or rule.
Ultimately, the database helps NNA provide better customer service, Anderson said. “To us, it’s all about serving the member.”