Assemblyman Ronald Dancer / 609-758-0205

May 22, 2012

Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced legislation that will streamline the process for notaries public applicants to take their oath of office by allowing them to do so before any state or local official authorized to administer oaths.

Under current law, each notary public applicant must take an oath of office before the clerk of the county in which he or she resides.

“The law as it now stands is archaic and inflexible, making it inconvenient for working men and women who have received their commission as a notary to take their oath,” said Dancer, R-Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth. “Notaries are providing a needed public service. We shouldn’t make their jobs difficult.

“Often times they have to take a day off from work so they can travel to their county clerk’s office to take the oath. This seems rather unnecessary when their hometown mayor or legislator can just as easily administer the oath.”

Dancer’s bill, A-324, would permit the oath of office to be taken before any public official authorized to administer oaths, including New Jersey Supreme Court justices, judges and clerks of all courts of record of the state, mayors, surrogates, municipal clerks, members and clerks of boards of chosen freeholders, county sheriffs, attorneys, certified court reporters and members of the state Legislature.

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