CHAPTER 29C. UNIFORM NOTARY ACT.
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ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
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§29C-1-101. Short title.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "uniform
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§29C-1-102. Purposes and rules of construction.
(a) This chapter shall be construed and applied to promote
its underlying purposes and policies.
(b) The underlying purposes and policies of this chapter
(1) To simplify, clarify and modernize the law governing
(2) To make uniform notary laws among the states enacting
(3) To promote, serve and protect the public interest.
(c) In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
(1) Words in the singular number include the plural, and
words in the plural number include the singular;
(2) Words of the masculine gender include the feminine and
the neuter; and
(3) Words of the neuter gender may refer to any gender when
the sense so indicates.
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§29C-1-103. Prospective effect of chapter; exceptions.
Except as otherwise provided herein, this chapter applies
prospectively and shall be applicable to all notaries public
whether commissioned before, on or after the effective date of
this chapter: Provided,
That the following sections in article
two of this chapter shall apply only to those notaries public
commissioned on or after the effective date of this chapter:
Subsections (a) and (b) of section one hundred one, sections two
hundred one, two hundred two, two hundred three, two hundred
four, two hundred six, two hundred seven and three hundred one,
relating to the appointment and qualifications of notaries, and
section one hundred two, relating to jurisdiction and terms of
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§29C-1-104. Construction against implicit repeal.
This chapter is intended to provide comprehensive and
unified coverage of the subject matter. Therefore, no part of it
shall be construed to be impliedly repealed or amended by
subsequent legislation if that construction can be avoided.
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§29C-1-105. Notary public and notarization defined.
(a) The terms "notary public" or "notary" are used
interchangeably to mean any individual appointed and commissioned
to perform notarial acts.
(b) "Notarization" means the performance of a notarial act.
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§29C-1-106. Effective date.
This chapter shall take effect the first day of July, one
thousand nine hundred eighty-four.
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§29C-1-107. Disposition of fees.
All fees and moneys collected by the secretary of state
pursuant to the provisions of this article shall be deposited by
the secretary of state as follows: One-half shall be deposited in
the state general revenue fund and one-half shall be deposited in
the service fees and collections account established by section
two, article one, chapter fifty-nine of this code for the operation
of the office of the secretary of state. The secretary of state
shall dedicate sufficient resources from that fund or other funds
to provide the services required in this article.
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