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2. Does the notary block need to be updated for all notarized documents in Florida, or only those fo

Answer:  All notarized documents.  Sec. 117.05, F.S. now requires a notary public to include, among other things, the following information when completing a jurat or certificate of acknowledgment: “Whether the signer personally appeared before the notary public at the time of the notarization by physical presence or by means of audio-video communication technology.”  Under Sec. 117.01(4)(h) an intentional violation of the statute can result in the suspension of a notary public.

From a practical standpoint a notarization which fails to include this  element risks being rejected for recording by the clerk and makes the document subject to challenge when enforcement is sought.  In addition, Sec. 117.05(6), F.S. makes the employer of a notary public liable to all persons involved for damages proximately caused by a notary’s misconduct.


Answer:  All notarized documents.  Sec. 117.05, F.S. now requires a notary public to include, among other things, the following information when completing a jurat or certificate of acknowledgment: “Whether the signer personally appeared before the notary public at the time of the notarization by physical presence or by means of audio-video communication technology.”  Under Sec. 117.01(4)(h) an intentional violation of the statute can result in the suspension of a notary public.

From a practical standpoint a notarization which fails to include this  element risks being rejected for recording by the clerk and makes the document subject to challenge when enforcement is sought.  In addition, Sec. 117.05(6), F.S. makes the employer of a notary public liable to all persons involved for damages proximately caused by a notary’s misconduct.