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State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-third Legislature

Second Regular Session










amending section 41-329, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to the notaries public.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 41-329, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE41-329.  Notary public title; foreign language; unauthorized practice; civil penalty; violation; classification

A.  Every notary public who is not an attorney and who advertises, by any written or verbal means, the services of a notary public in a language other than English, with the exception of a single desk plaque, shall post or otherwise include with the advertisement a notice in English and the other language.  The notice shall be of conspicuous size, if in writing, and shall state:  "I am not an attorney and cannot give legal advice about immigration or any other legal matters."

B.  A notary public who is not an attorney may not render any service for compensation that constitutes the unauthorized practice of immigration and nationality law as defined in section 12-2701.

C.  If a notary public violates subsection b of this section, in addition to any other penalty, the secretary of state shall impose a civil penalty of not more than one thousand dollars and permanently revoke the notary public's commission.

B.  D.  A notary public who violates subsection A of this section is guilty of a class 6 felony and the secretary of state shall permanently revoke the notary public's commission shall be permanently revoked. END_STATUTE