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Title 26 : Professions and Occupations

Chapter 103 : NOTARIES PUBLIC

Subchapter 001 : GENERAL PROVISIONS

(Cite as: 26 V.S.A. § 5305)
  • § 5305. Exemptions

    (a) Judiciary- and law enforcement-related employees.

    (1)  Employee exemptions.

    (A)  Judiciary-related.

    (i) The persons set forth in subdivision (2)(A) of this subsection, when acting within the scope of their official duties, are exempt from all of the requirements of this chapter, including the requirement to pay the fee set forth in section 5324 of this chapter, except for the requirement to apply for a commission as set forth in subsections 5341(a), (c), (d), and (e) and subdivisions (b)(1)-(3) of this chapter.

    (ii) A commission issued to a person under this subdivision (A) shall not be considered a license.

    (B)  Law enforcement-related.

    (i) The persons set forth in subdivision (2)(B) of this subsection, when acting within the scope of their official duties, shall be commissioned as notaries public authorized to perform a notarial act as a matter of law and are exempt from all of the requirements of this chapter, including the requirement to pay the fee set forth in section 5324 of this chapter.

    (ii) A notarial act that identifies the notary public as a person who is exempt under this subdivision (B) shall establish as a matter of law that the person is commissioned as a notary public for the purpose of acting within the scope of official duties under this subsection.

    (2)  Employees, defined.

    (A) Judiciary-related. Persons employed by the Judiciary, including judges, Superior Court clerks, court operations managers, Probate registers, case managers, docket clerks, assistant judges, county clerks, and after-hours relief from abuse contract employees.

    (B) Law enforcement-related. Persons employed as law enforcement officers certified under 20 V.S.A. chapter 151; who are noncertified constables; or who are employed by a Vermont law enforcement agency, the Department of Public Safety, of Fish and Wildlife, of Motor Vehicles, of Liquor and Lottery, or for Children and Families, the Office of the Defender General, the Office of the Attorney General, or a State's Attorney or Sheriff.

    (3) Official duties, defined. As used in subdivision (1) of this subsection, "acting within the scope of official duties" means that a person is notarizing a document that:

    (A) he or she believes is related to the execution of his or her duties and responsibilities of employment or is the type of document that other employees notarize in the course of employment;

    (B) is useful or of assistance to any person or entity identified in subdivision (2) of this subsection (a);

    (C) is required, requested, created, used, submitted, or relied upon by any person or entity identified in subdivision (2) of this subsection (a);

    (D) is necessary in order to assist in the representation, care, or protection of a person or the State;

    (E) is necessary in order to protect the public or property;

    (F) is necessary to represent or assist crime victims in receiving restitution or other services;

    (G) relates to a Vermont or federal court rule or statute governing any criminal, postconviction, mental health, family, juvenile, civil, probate, Judicial Bureau, Environmental Division, or Supreme Court matter; or

    (H) relates to a matter subject to Title 4, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 23, or 33 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated.

    (b) Attorneys.

    (1) Attorneys licensed and in good standing in this State are exempt from:

    (A) the examination requirement set forth in subsection 5341(b) of this chapter; and

    (B) the continuing education requirement set forth in section 5343 of this chapter.

    (2) If a complaint of a violation of this chapter is filed in regard to a Vermont licensed attorney, the Office shall refer the complaint to the Professional Responsibility Board and shall request a report back from the Board regarding the final disposition of the complaint.

    (c) Town clerks, assistants, and justices of the peace.

    (1)(A) A town clerk and his or her assistants may perform notarial acts as notaries public throughout the town clerk's county, provided that they shall comply with all of the requirements of this chapter, except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection.

    (B) Subject to the provisions of subdivision (A) of this subdivision (1), performing notarial acts as a notary public shall be considered within the scope of the official duties of a town clerk and his or her assistants.

    (2) Justices of the peace and town clerks and their assistants are exempt from the fee set forth in section 5324 of this chapter.

    (d) Unauthorized practice. Nothing in this section is intended to prohibit prosecution of a person under 3 V.S.A. § 127 (unauthorized practice). (Added 2017, No. 160 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. July 1, 2019; amended 2019, No. 30, § 28; 2019, No. 73, § 36.)