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Please be advised that the Capitol Complex, including the North Office Building and Keystone Building, and state offices at One Penn Center in Harrisburg will be closed to public visitors until further notice. We are unable to accept walk-in customers in our offices, but paperwork addressed to the Department of State can be left in a drop-box outside the Keystone Building at 400 North Street.

Please visit COVID-19 Information, Guidance, and Contact Information relating to the Department of State for more details.

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Notaries

Reminder: Current Pennsylvania law requires notarial acts, even those performed electronically with respect to electronic records, to be done in the physical presence of the notary. Remote online notarization (where personal appearance is made via audio-visual communication or technology) is not provided for under existing Pennsylvania law, except for limited suspension of the personal appearance requirement for certain restricted types of transactions pursuant to section 7301(f)) Emergency Management Services Code.

The Division of Commissions, Legislation and Notaries of the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation administers the duties imposed on the Department of State by Pennsylvania's notary public law, the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts. The Division works on behalf of the Secretary of the Commonwealth to appoint, commission and regulate all notaries public in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For over 200 years, notaries public have been officially recognized by the Commonwealth, with the power to administer oaths and affirmations, take acknowledgments, take verifications on oath or affirmation, witness or attest signatures, certify copies or depositions, and note protests of negotiable instruments. Notaries public in Pennsylvania perform acknowledgments, certifications and verifications for hundreds of thousands of important documents each year. More than 85,000 men and women hold notary public commissions in Pennsylvania.