No Delegation of Authority

This might sound like it goes without saying, but it’s a very important point. You’re the one that went through the application process and you are the one that was commissioned to be a notary public so you’re the only one that can conduct notary services.

You are not allowed to delegate your notary authority to any other person. That means that you cannot ask a coworker, family member, friend, or any other person to conduct a notary service for you if you are too busy or for any other reason. Your commission is not transferable to anyone else, even on a temporary basis. No one else can use your notary public commission and you must safeguard your seal and journal at all times.

But what if you get so busy that you don’t have enough time to perform all of the notary services that you are being asked to do? Well, then it’s probably time to ask your employer to hire another notary public, have someone else in your family become a notary public if it’s a family-based business, or refer your potential clients to another notary public that might not be as busy.