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The National Notary Association (NNA) honored West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant with its Calvin Coolidge Notary Award Aug. 25.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant received an award for her efforts to comprehensively revise the state’s notary statutes and raise the professionalism of notaries public. 

“I’m truly honored to receive this award from the NNA and I’m so proud of the work we’re doing here in West Virginia,” said Tennant. “West Virginians rely on notaries for many important business and personal transactions and the changes we’ve made provide more protection and modernize the notary process for consumers and businesses alike. We’ve implemented policies that strengthen the trusted role notaries play in major transactions like buying a home and creating healthcare directives.”

The National Notary Association honored the SOS for her achievements, “vision and leadership.”

“Secretary Tennant recognized that West Virginia’s notaries could help drive business by making traditional paper and emerging electronic notarial acts more accessible, efficient and secure,” said Bill Anderson, Vice President of Government Affairs of the NNA.

Tennant helped advocate for the enactment of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) and, once the act became law, helped adopt administrative rules to implement the act. Significantly, the regulations included extensive rules on electronic notarization based on the NNA’s Model Notary Act of 2010.

In 2014, Tennant’s office put forward – and the legislature passed – House Bill 4012, designed to strengthen and modernize the notarization process. The bill includes the reduction of a notary’s commission from ten years to five years and requires a bond or its equivalent in profession insurance. This bill also allows for the notarization of electronic documents.

Legislators involved in crafting and passing West Virginia’s bill were present at the ceremony along with Karen Goff, executive secretary of the West Virginia Library Commission.

“In West Virginia, libraries often serve as community centers, providing citizens all over the state with important services, including important notary services,” said Goff. “It is exciting that the National Notary Association is recognizing the great work of our Secretary of State and our state in general.”

The Calvin Coolidge Notary Award was established to honor public officials who advance the professionalism of Notaries. Previous Calvin Coolidge Notary Award recipients include Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt, New Hampshire State Representative Cynthia Dokmo, Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri and Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis.

There are more than 44,000 active notaries public in the state of West Virginia.

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