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GENERAL PROVISIONS
(5 ILCS 312/) Illinois Notary Public Act.

5 ILCS 312/Art. III

 
    (5 ILCS 312/Art. III heading)
ARTICLE III
DUTIES - FEES - AUTHORITY

5 ILCS 312/3-101

    (5 ILCS 312/3-101) (from Ch. 102, par. 203-101)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-81)
    Sec. 3-101. Official seal and signature.
    (a) Each notary public shall, upon receiving the commission from the county clerk, obtain an official rubber stamp seal with which the notary shall authenticate his official acts. The rubber stamp seal shall contain the following information:
        (1) the words "Official Seal";
        (2) the notary's official name;
        (3) the words "Notary Public", "State of Illinois",
    
and "My commission expires____________(commission expiration date)"; and
        (4) a serrated or milled edge border in a
    
rectangular form not more than one inch in height by two and one-half inches in length surrounding the information.
    (b) At the time of the notarial act, a notary public shall officially sign every notary certificate and affix the rubber stamp seal clearly and legibly using black ink, so that it is capable of photographic reproduction. The illegibility of any of the information required by this Section does not affect the validity of a transaction.
    This subsection does not apply on or after July 1, 2013.
(Source: P.A. 95-988, eff. 6-1-09.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-81)
    Sec. 3-101. Official seal.
    (a) Each notary public shall, upon receiving the commission from the county clerk, obtain an official rubber stamp seal with which the notary shall authenticate his official acts. The rubber stamp seal shall contain the following information:
        (1) the words "Official Seal";
        (2) the notary's official name;
        (3) the words "Notary Public", "State of Illinois",
    
and "My commission expires____________(commission expiration date)"; and
        (4) a serrated or milled edge border in a
    
rectangular form not more than one inch in height by two and one-half inches in length surrounding the information.
    (b) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 100-81, eff. 1-1-18.)

5 ILCS 312/3-102

    (5 ILCS 312/3-102) (from Ch. 102, par. 203-102)
    Sec. 3-102. Notarial Record; Residential Real Property Transactions.
    (a) This Section shall apply to every notarial act in Illinois involving a document of conveyance that transfers or purports to transfer title to residential real property located in Cook County.
    (b) As used in this Section, the following terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them:
        (1) "Document of Conveyance" shall mean a written
    
instrument that transfers or purports to transfer title effecting a change in ownership to Residential Real Property, excluding:
            (i) court-ordered and court-authorized
        
conveyances of Residential Real Property, including without limitation, quit-claim deeds executed pursuant to a marital settlement agreement incorporated into a judgment of dissolution of marriage, and transfers in the administration of a probate estate;
            (ii) judicial sale deeds relating to Residential
        
Real Property, including without limitation, sale deeds issued pursuant to proceedings to foreclose a mortgage or execute on a levy to enforce a judgment;
            (iii) deeds transferring ownership of Residential
        
Real Property to a trust where the beneficiary is also the grantor;
            (iv) deeds from grantors to themselves that are
        
intended to change the nature or type of tenancy by which they own Residential Real Property;
            (v) deeds from a grantor to the grantor and
        
another natural person that are intended to establish a tenancy by which the grantor and the other natural person own Residential Real Property;
            (vi) deeds executed to the mortgagee in lieu of
        
foreclosure of a mortgage; and
            (vii) deeds transferring ownership to a revocable
        
or irrevocable grantor trust where the beneficiary includes the grantor.
        (2) "Financial Institution" shall mean a State or
    
federally chartered bank, savings and loan association, savings bank, credit union, or trust company.
        (3) "Notarial Record" shall mean the written
    
document created in conformity with this Section by a notary in connection with Documents of Conveyance.
        (4) "Residential Real Property" shall mean a
    
building or buildings located in Cook County, Illinois and containing one to 4 dwelling units or an individual residential condominium unit.
        (5) "Title Insurance Agent" shall have the meaning
    
ascribed to it under the Title Insurance Act.
        (6) "Title Insurance Company" shall have the meaning
    
ascribed to it under the Title Insurance Act.
    (c) A notary appointed and commissioned as a notary in Illinois shall, in addition to compliance with other provisions of this Act, create a Notarial Record of each notarial act performed in connection with a Document of Conveyance. The Notarial Record shall contain:
        (1) The date of the notarial act;
        (2) The type, title, or a description of the Document
    
of Conveyance being notarized, and the property index number ("PIN") used to identify the Residential Real Property for assessment or taxation purposes and the common street address for the Residential Real Property that is the subject of the Document of Conveyance;
        (3) The signature, printed name, and residence street
    
address of each person whose signature is the subject of the notarial act and a certification by the person that the property is Residential Real Property as defined in this Section, which states "The undersigned grantor hereby certifies that the real property identified in this Notarial Record is Residential Real Property as defined in the Illinois Notary Public Act".
        (4) A description of the satisfactory evidence
    
reviewed by the notary to determine the identity of the person whose signature is the subject of the notarial act;
        (5) The date of notarization, the fee charged for the
    
notarial act, the Notary's home or business phone number, the Notary's residence street address, the Notary's commission expiration date, the correct legal name of the Notary's employer or principal, and the business street address of the Notary's employer or principal; and
        (6) The notary public shall require the person
    
signing the Document of Conveyance (including an agent acting on behalf of a principal under a duly executed power of attorney), whose signature is the subject of the notarial act, to place his or her right thumbprint on the Notarial Record. If the right thumbprint is not available, then the notary shall have the party use his or her left thumb, or any available finger, and shall so indicate on the Notarial Record. If the party signing the document is physically unable to provide a thumbprint or fingerprint, the notary shall so indicate on the Notarial Record and shall also provide an explanation of that physical condition. The notary may obtain the thumbprint by any means that reliably captures the image of the finger in a physical or electronic medium.
    (d) If a notarial act under this Section is performed by a notary who is a principal, employee, or agent of a Title Insurance Company, Title Insurance Agent, Financial Institution, or attorney at law, the notary shall deliver the original Notarial Record to the notary's employer or principal within 14 days after the performance of the notarial act for retention for a period of 7 years as part of the employer's or principal's business records. In the event of a sale or merger of any of the foregoing entities or persons, the successor or assignee of the entity or person shall assume the responsibility to maintain the Notarial Record for the balance of the 7-year business records retention period. Liquidation or other cessation of activities in the ordinary course of business by any of the foregoing entities or persons shall relieve the entity or person from the obligation to maintain Notarial Records after delivery of Notarial Records to the Recorder of Deeds of Cook County, Illinois.
    (e) If a notarial act is performed by a notary who is not a principal, employee, or agent of a Title Insurance Company, Title Insurance Agent, Financial Institution, or attorney at law, the notary shall deliver the original Notarial Record within 14 days after the performance of the notarial act to the Recorder of Deeds of Cook County, Illinois for retention for a period of 7 years, accompanied by a filing fee of $5.
    (f) The Notarial Record required under subsection (c) of this Section shall be created and maintained for each person whose signature is the subject of a notarial act regarding a Document of Conveyance and shall be in substantially the following form:
 
NOTARIAL RECORD - RESIDENTIAL REAL PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS
Date Notarized:
Fee: $
 
The undersigned grantor hereby certifies that the real property identified in this Notarial Record is Residential Real Property as defined in the Illinois Notary Public Act.
 
Grantor's (Signer's) Printed Name:
 
Grantor's (Signer's) Signature:
 
Grantor's (Signer's) Residential Street Address, City, State, and Zip:
 
Type or Name of Document of Conveyance:
 
PIN No. of Residential Real Property:
 
Common Street Address of Residential Real Property:
 
Thumbprint or Fingerprint:
 
Description of Means of Identification:
 
Additional Comments:
 
Name of Notary Printed:
 
Notary Phone Number:
 
Commission Expiration Date:
 
Residential Street Address of Notary, City, State, and Zip:
 
Name of Notary's Employer or Principal:
 
Business Street Address of Notary's Employer or Principal, City, State, and Zip:
 
    (g) No copies of the original Notarial Record may be made or retained by the Notary. The Notary's employer or principal may retain copies of the Notarial Records as part of its business records, subject to applicable privacy and confidentiality standards.
    (h) The failure of a notary to comply with the procedure set forth in this Section shall not affect the validity of the Residential Real Property transaction in connection to which the Document of Conveyance is executed, in the absence of fraud.
    (i) The Notarial Record or other medium containing the thumbprint or fingerprint required by subsection (c)(6) shall be made available or disclosed only upon receipt of a subpoena duly authorized by a court of competent jurisdiction. Such Notarial Record or other medium shall not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act and shall not be made available to any other party, other than a party in succession of interest to the party maintaining the Notarial Record or other medium pursuant to subsection (d) or (e).
    (j) In the event there is a breach in the security of a Notarial Record maintained pursuant to subsections (d) and (e) by the Recorder of Deeds of Cook County, Illinois, the Recorder shall notify the person identified as the "signer" in the Notarial Record at the signer's residential street address set forth in the Notarial Record. "Breach" shall mean unauthorized acquisition of the fingerprint data contained in the Notarial Record that compromises the security, confidentiality, or integrity of the fingerprint data maintained by the Recorder. The notification shall be in writing and made in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, consistent with any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable security, confidentiality, and integrity of the Recorder's data system.
    (k) Subsections (a) through (i) shall not apply on and after July 1, 2018.
(Source: P.A. 97-508, eff. 8-23-11; 98-29, eff. 6-21-13.)

5 ILCS 312/3-103

    (5 ILCS 312/3-103) (from Ch. 102, par. 203-103)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-81)
    Sec. 3-103. Notice.
    (a) Every notary public who is not an attorney or an accredited immigration representative who advertises the services of a notary public in a language other than English, whether by radio, television, signs, pamphlets, newspapers, or other written communication, with the exception of a single desk plaque, shall include in the document, advertisement, stationery, letterhead, business card, or other comparable written material the following: notice in English and the language in which the written communication appears. This notice shall be of a conspicuous size, if in writing, and shall state: "I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN ILLINOIS AND MAY NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE OR ACCEPT FEES FOR LEGAL ADVICE". If such advertisement is by radio or television, the statement may be modified but must include substantially the same message.
    A notary public shall not, in any document, advertisement, stationery, letterhead, business card, or other comparable written material describing the role of the notary public, literally translate from English into another language terms or titles including, but not limited to, notary public, notary, licensed, attorney, lawyer, or any other term that implies the person is an attorney. To illustrate, the word "notario" is prohibited under this provision.
    Failure to follow the procedures in this Section shall result in a fine of $1,000 for each written violation. The second violation shall result in suspension of notary authorization. The third violation shall result in permanent revocation of the commission of notary public. Violations shall not preempt or preclude additional appropriate civil or criminal penalties.
    (b) All notaries public required to comply with the provisions of subsection (a) shall prominently post at their place of business as recorded with the Secretary of State pursuant to Section 2-102 of this Act a schedule of fees established by law which a notary public may charge. The fee schedule shall be written in English and in the non-English language in which notary services were solicited and shall contain the disavowal of legal representation required above in subsection (a), unless such notice of disavowal is already prominently posted.
    (c) No notary public, agency or any other person who is not an attorney shall represent, hold themselves out or advertise that they are experts on immigration matters or provide any other assistance that requires legal analysis, legal judgment, or interpretation of the law unless they are a designated entity as defined pursuant to Section 245a.1 of Part 245a of the Code of Federal Regulations (8 CFR 245a.1) or an entity accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals.
    (d) Any person who aids, abets or otherwise induces another person to give false information concerning immigration status shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class 3 felony for a second or subsequent offense committed within 5 years of a previous conviction for the same offense.
    Any notary public who violates the provisions of this Section shall be guilty of official misconduct and subject to fine or imprisonment.
    Nothing in this Section shall preclude any consumer of notary public services from pursuing other civil remedies available under the law.
    (e) No notary public who is not an attorney or an accredited representative shall accept payment in exchange for providing legal advice or any other assistance that requires legal analysis, legal judgment, or interpretation of the law.
    (f) Violation of subsection (e) is a business offense punishable by a fine of 3 times the amount received for services, or $1,001 minimum, and restitution of the amount paid to the consumer. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to preempt nor preclude additional appropriate civil remedies or criminal charges available under law.
    (g) If a notary public of this State is convicted of 2 or more business offenses involving a violation of this Act within a 12-month period while commissioned, or of 3 or more business offenses involving a violation of this Act within a 5-year period regardless of being commissioned, the Secretary shall automatically revoke the notary public commission of that person on the date that the person's most recent business offense conviction is entered as a final judgment.
(Source: P.A. 93-1001, eff. 8-23-04.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-81)
    Sec. 3-103. Notice.
    (a) Every notary public who is not an attorney or an accredited immigration representative who advertises the services of a notary public in a language other than English, whether by radio, television, signs, pamphlets, newspapers, electronic communications, or other written communication, with the exception of a single desk plaque, shall include in the document, advertisement, stationery, letterhead, business card, or other comparable written or electronic material the following: notice in English and the language in which the written or electronic communication appears. This notice shall be of a conspicuous size, if in writing or electronic communication, and shall state: "I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN ILLINOIS AND MAY NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE OR ACCEPT FEES FOR LEGAL ADVICE". If such advertisement is by radio or television, the statement may be modified but must include substantially the same message.
    A notary public shall not, in any document, advertisement, stationery, letterhead, business card, electronic communication, or other comparable written material describing the role of the notary public, literally translate from English into another language terms or titles including, but not limited to, notary public, notary, licensed, attorney, lawyer, or any other term that implies the person is an attorney. To illustrate, the word "notario" is prohibited under this provision.
    Failure to follow the procedures in this Section shall result in a fine of $1,000 for each written violation. The second violation shall result in suspension of notary authorization. The third violation shall result in permanent revocation of the commission of notary public. Violations shall not preempt or preclude additional appropriate civil or criminal penalties.
    (b) All notaries public required to comply with the provisions of subsection (a) shall prominently post at their place of business as recorded with the Secretary of State pursuant to Section 2-102 of this Act a schedule of fees established by law which a notary public may charge. The fee schedule shall be written in English and in the non-English language in which notary services were solicited and shall contain the disavowal of legal representation required above in subsection (a), unless such notice of disavowal is already prominently posted.
    (c) No notary public, agency or any other person who is not an attorney shall represent, hold themselves out or advertise that they are experts on immigration matters or provide any other assistance that requires legal analysis, legal judgment, or interpretation of the law unless they are a designated entity as defined pursuant to Section 245a.1 of Part 245a of the Code of Federal Regulations (8 CFR 245a.1) or an entity accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals.
    (d) Any person who aids, abets or otherwise induces another person to give false information concerning immigration status shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class 3 felony for a second or subsequent offense committed within 5 years of a previous conviction for the same offense.
    Any notary public who violates the provisions of this Section shall be guilty of official misconduct and subject to fine or imprisonment.
    Nothing in this Section shall preclude any consumer of notary public services from pursuing other civil remedies available under the law.
    (e) No notary public who is not an attorney or an accredited representative shall accept payment in exchange for providing legal advice or any other assistance that requires legal analysis, legal judgment, or interpretation of the law.
    (f) Violation of subsection (e) is a business offense punishable by a fine of 3 times the amount received for services, or $1,001 minimum, and restitution of the amount paid to the consumer. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to preempt nor preclude additional appropriate civil remedies or criminal charges available under law.
    (g) If a notary public of this State is convicted of 2 or more business offenses involving a violation of this Act within a 12-month period while commissioned, or of 3 or more business offenses involving a violation of this Act within a 5-year period regardless of being commissioned, the Secretary shall automatically revoke the notary public commission of that person on the date that the person's most recent business offense conviction is entered as a final judgment.
(Source: P.A. 100-81, eff. 1-1-18.)

5 ILCS 312/3-104

    (5 ILCS 312/3-104) (from Ch. 102, par. 203-104)
    Sec. 3-104. Maximum Fee.
    (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this Section, the maximum fee in this State is $1.00 for any notarial act performed and, until July 1, 2018, up to $25 for any notarial act performed pursuant to Section 3-102.
    (b) Fees for a notary public, agency, or any other person who is not an attorney or an accredited representative filling out immigration forms shall be limited to the following:
        (1) $10 per form completion;
        (2) $10 per page for the translation of a non-English
    
language into English where such translation is required for immigration forms;
        (3) $1 for notarizing;
        (4) $3 to execute any procedures necessary to obtain
    
a document required to complete immigration forms; and
        (5) A maximum of $75 for one complete application.
    Fees authorized under this subsection shall not include application fees required to be submitted with immigration applications.
    Any person who violates the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class 3 felony for a second or subsequent offense committed within 5 years of a previous conviction for the same offense.
    (c) Upon his own information or upon complaint of any person, the Attorney General or any State's Attorney, or their designee, may maintain an action for injunctive relief in the court against any notary public or any other person who violates the provisions of subsection (b) of this Section. These remedies are in addition to, and not in substitution for, other available remedies.
    If the Attorney General or any State's Attorney fails to bring an action as provided pursuant to this subsection within 90 days of receipt of a complaint, any person may file a civil action to enforce the provisions of this subsection and maintain an action for injunctive relief.
    (d) All notaries public must provide receipts and keep records for fees accepted for services provided. Failure to provide receipts and keep records that can be presented as evidence of no wrongdoing shall be construed as a presumptive admission of allegations raised in complaints against the notary for violations related to accepting prohibited fees.
(Source: P.A. 98-29, eff. 6-21-13.)

5 ILCS 312/3-105

    (5 ILCS 312/3-105) (from Ch. 102, par. 203-105)
    Sec. 3-105. Authority. A notary public shall have authority to perform notarial acts throughout the State so long as the notary resides in the same county in which the notary was commissioned or, if the notary is a resident of a state bordering Illinois, so long as the notary's principal place of work or principal place of business is in the same county in Illinois in which the notary was commissioned.
(Source: P.A. 91-818, eff. 6-13-00.)

5 ILCS 312/3-106

    (5 ILCS 312/3-106) (from Ch. 102, par. 203-106)
    Sec. 3-106. Certificate of Authority. Upon the receipt of a written request, the notarized document, and a fee of $2 payable to the Secretary of State or County Clerk, the Office of the Secretary of State or County Clerk shall provide a certificate of authority in substantially the following form:
    I ............... (Secretary of State or ......... County Clerk) of the State of Illinois, which office is an office of record having a seal, certify that ........ (notary's name), by whom the foregoing or annexed document was notarized, was, on (insert date), appointed and commissioned a notary public in and for the State of Illinois and that as such, full faith and credit is and ought to be given to this notary's official attestations. In testimony whereof, I have affixed my signature and the seal of this office on (insert date).
................................................
(Secretary of State or ...... County Clerk).
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)