Elections and Government Services Administrative Rules of Montana Business Services Notary and Certification Records and Information Management

March 6, 2012

Contact: Terri McCoy, 406-444-2807

McCulloch to Host First Statewide Event for Montana Notaries;
Registration Now Open for 2012 Montana Notary Conference

HELENA, MT – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is pleased to host the first statewide event for Montana’s notaries public. The 2012 Montana Notary Conference will provide a series of seminars covering best practices and professional standards for commissioned notaries. Registration is now open for the one-day event, which will be held on May 5 in Billings.

“Thousands of documents are notarized in Montana each day,” McCulloch said. “My goal is to ensure that every notary in Montana has the knowledge and skills they need to serve the public with confidence and accuracy.”

The 2012 Montana Notary Conference will feature over a dozen workshops dealing with issues of importance to notaries public and their employers. Nationally recognized experts in notary practice, ethics, and law will discuss a range of topics including: handling routine and special notary requests, liability issues and office policies for notaries and employers, proper journaling, notarizing documents for use in foreign countries, eNotarization, standards for recordable documents, privacy issues, ethics, and notary fees.

WHEN:  Saturday, May 5, 2012

WHERE:  Crowne Plaza Billings Hotel in Billings, Montana
Special Room Rates available. Contact hotel directly at (406) 252-7400.           
Deadline for room reservations is April 4, 2012.

COST:  $50 per person (includes meals and sessions)
Registrations must be made online at 2012 Montana Notary Conference

Among the responsibilities of the Montana Secretary of State is the authority to appoint all notaries public for the state of Montana. There are approximately 20,000 commissioned notaries in the state whose job it is to serve as the state’s official witness to the signature, oath or acknowledgement of the persons who request their services. Secretary McCulloch and the staff in the Notary and Certifications Division are dedicated to providing information, training, and support to all notaries public and to assist the public with any questions or issues regarding the office of the notary public.