Notaries in Government Service
Except as otherwise provided for by law, the head of every department, board, commission, bureau, or establishment of the United States, or of the State, or any political subdivision thereof, may designate one or more subordinates to be a notary public who, after receiving a commission as a notary public in government service, must perform, without charge, notarial acts in matters of business pertaining to the State, or the United States. Any provision of this chapter to the contrary notwithstanding, a notary public in government service will:
- Be authorized to perform the duties of a notary public in one or more of the judicial circuits of the State as the Attorney General shall designate;
- Not be required to:
A. Pay any fees to file a copy of their notary commission;
B. Pay any fee for the issuance or renewal of their notary commission
C. Obtain and file a notary bond unless said bond is required by the head of the department in which the notary works. If a bond is required the cost will be borne by the department and not the notary.
- Not demand or receive any fee for notarial acts when the head of the department has deemed urgent necessity and convenience to perform notarial acts for nongovernmental matters. A fee will be demanded and collected for these services but will be received as governmental realizations and deposited into the notaries public revolving fund established by HRS § 456-9.5. If the notaries public revolving fund is terminated, the fees will be
deposited into the general fund of the State.
a. Exception: A notary public in government must have prior written approval by the Attorney General and cover all costs of becoming a notary, including any fees required by law and obtaining and filing an official bond, in order to charge for notarial services not pertaining to government business.
HINT: Remember, no charge or pay to notaries public revolving fund.