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Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on December 7, 2015

Texas House Bill 1683 – Effective January 1, 2016

Approved during the 84th Legislative Sesnotary3sion, Texas House Bill 1683 requires an identifying number as assigned to each notary by the Secretary of State be present on the notary’s seal when a commission is issued or renewed. This bill was put forth as an effort to reduce fraudulent title transfers and amends Section 406.013 of the Texas Government Code.

William D. Pargaman, Chair of the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (REPTL) recommends the safest course of action is to replace your notary seal with one that includes the identification number by January 1, 2016. You may search for your commission, renew, update your information, and find relevant information with the Texas Secretary of State’s Notary Public webpage.

As stated by the REPTL, the danger with using notarizing without an identifying number is that the document could be invalidated. Look for an article in the next issue of the Texas Paralegal Journal for additional information.

Notaries public are primarily governed by Chapter 406 of the Texas Government Code, Chapter 87 of the Texas Administrative Code, and Chapter 121 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code.

Read more about HB 1683.

Please address questions to the Secretary of State at:


Notary Public Unit

Secretary of State

P.O. Box 13375

Austin, Texas 78711-3375

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