The National Notary Association has introduced the first-ever, comprehensive and detailed code of ethical and professional conduct for America's Notaries: TheNotary Public Code of Professional Responsibiity. Addressing the common problems, issues and questions encountered by modern Notaries, the Code provides standards by which Notaries entering the 21st century can achieve a heightened professionalism and thereby a greater confidence and respect.
Purpose of the Code
Guide Notaries...First and foremost, the new Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility will provide clear and specific guidelines for Notaries when statute is silent.
Educate Non-Notaries...The Code may be handed to an employer, a coworker, a customer or any other use of notarial services to explain the Notary's proper role.
Serve As Catalyst For Change...For lawmakers and administrators, the Code is a moral imperative for progressive change and a catalyst for improving notarial statutes and conventions in commerce and law.
Reduce Fraud, Litigation...Widespread implementation of the Code will significantly reduce fraud and the volume of civil and criminal lawsuits resulting from frauds.
Foster Confidence...Any Notary's adherence to the Standards of the Code brings confidence that he or she is acting in accord with the highest professional and ethical traditions of the notarial office.
Engender Respect...Widespread adherence to the Standards of the Code will heighten professionalism and thereby engender respect and recognition for the Notary office in the enterprises of government and business, both in this nation and abroad.