PROTHONOTARY AND RECORDER OF DEEDS REGISTRATION
In addition to taking the oath of office and recording the oath, completed bond and commission in the office of the Recorder of Deeds, the notary also must register his signature with the prothonotary of the county wherein the notary public maintains an office within 45 days after appointment or reappointment. For counties of the second class, the appropriate office to register the notary signature is the office of the clerk of courts.
If the notary public subsequently moves his business/office address to another county, the notary must register his signature in the new county within 30 days.
While section 321(d.1)(1) of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Act (RULONA) states that the fee to be charged by the prothonotary for recording a notary's signature shall be fifty ($ .50) cents, other legislation relating to prothonotaries’ fees has superseded this provision. Therefore, the fee charged by the prothonotary for recording a notary's signature may vary by county and will be greater than fifty cents ($ .50). When registering the signature, the notary public must sign the notary public’s name exactly and only as it appears on the commission.
If the signature registration and recording requirements are not met within the 45-day period, the notary commission becomes null and void. Applicants must then begin the process again by submitting a new application, the application fee and meeting all other requirements for appointment to a new commission and a new appointment date.