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41-271. Grounds to deny, refuse to renew, revoke, suspend or condition commission of notary public
A. The secretary of state may deny, refuse to renew, revoke, suspend or impose a condition on a commission as notary public for any act or omission that demonstrates the individual lacks the competence or reliability to act as a notary public, including any of the following:
1. Failure to comply with this article.
2. A fraudulent, dishonest or deceitful misstatement or omission in the application for a commission as a notary public submitted to the secretary of state.
3. A conviction of the applicant or notary public of any felony or a crime involving fraud, dishonesty or deceit. A conviction after a plea of no contest is deemed to be a conviction for the purposes of this paragraph.
4. A finding against or admission of liability by the applicant or notary public in any legal proceeding or disciplinary action based on the applicant's or notary public's fraud, dishonesty or deceit.
5. Failure by the notary public to discharge any duty required of a notary public, whether by this article, rules of the secretary of state or federal or state law.
6. Use of false or misleading advertising or representation by the notary public that the notary has a duty, right or privilege that the notary does not have.
7. Violation by the notary public of a rule of the secretary of state regarding a notary public.
8. Denial, refusal to renew, revocation, suspension or conditioning of a notary public commission in another state.
9. Failure of the notary public to maintain an assurance as provided in section 41-269, subsection D.
10. Charging more than the fees authorized by this article or rule.
11. The return for insufficient funds or for any other reason for nonpayment of a check issued for the assurance filing fees or application fees to the secretary of state.
12. Failure to respond to any request for information or to comply with any investigation initiated by the secretary of state or the attorney general.
13. The prior revocation of a notary public commission in this state.
B. If the secretary of state denies, refuses to renew, revokes, suspends or imposes conditions on a commission as a notary public, the applicant or notary public is entitled to timely notice and a hearing in accordance with chapter 6, article 10 of this title. The denial of an application or revocation or suspension of a commission is an appealable agency action. If an applicant appeals the denial of an application, the applicant may not submit a new application for consideration while the appeal is pending. If an individual's commission as a notary public in this state is revoked, the individual may not submit a new application for commission for one year after the date of revocation.
C. The authority of the secretary of state to deny, refuse to renew, suspend, revoke or impose conditions on a commission as a notary public does not prevent a person from seeking and obtaining other criminal or civil remedies provided by law.