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H0058......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS NOTARY PUBLIC - Amends existing law relating to notary publics to provide that only blue or red ink shall be used for rubber stamps acting as official seals. 01/27 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 01/28 Rpt prt - to St Aff
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-eighth Legislature First Regular Session - 2005 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE BILL NO. 58 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO THE IDAHO NOTARY PUBLIC ACT; AMENDING SECTION 51-106, IDAHO CODE, 3 TO PROVIDE THAT ONLY BLUE OR RED INK SHALL BE USED FOR RUBBER STAMPS ACT- 4 ING AS OFFICIAL SEALS. 5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 6 SECTION 1. That Section 51-106, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 7 amended to read as follows: 8 51-106. SEAL. (1) Each notary public whose current commission became 9 effective prior to July 1, 1998, shall provide and keep an official seal which 10 shall conform to one (1) of the following configurations: 11 (a) A seal embosser engraved with the words "Notary Public," the notary 12 public's name, and the words "State of Idaho." 13 (b) A rubber stamp with a serrated or milled edge border in rectangular 14 or circular form, which contains the same information required for the 15 seal embosser. 16 (2) Each notary public whose current commission became effective on or 17 after July 1, 1998, shall provide and keep an official seal which shall be a 18 rubber stamp with a serrated or milled edge border in a rectangular or circu- 19 lar form, which includes the words "Notary Public," the notary public's name, 20 the words "State of Idaho," and nothing more. Only blue or red ink shall be 21 used for the rubber stamp. 22 (3) The seal shall be impressed below or near the notary public's offi- 23 cial signature on each notary certificate which he administers.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 14687 With the quality of photocopy machines, it is often difficult, if not impossible to discern which documents are originals and which are copies. This is of particular concern when those documents are subject to the official seal of a notary public. Since identity theft and related crimes are on the rise, this simple change would help to guard against falsifying records and would further protect the law-abiding public. FISCAL NOTE There would be no financial impact to the State General Fund. Contact Name: Rep. Marge Chadderdon Phone: 332 1000 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 58