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Alabama Governor's Proclamation (03-26-2020)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor of Alabama has issued a supplemental proclamation that includes a provision allowing Alabama Notaries who are also licensed Alabama attorneys or who are being supervised by a licensed Alabama attorney the use of "videoconferencing programs" for the duration of the public health emergency unless rescinded or extended by proclamation. 

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Texas Notary Coronavirus Response Advisory: Extended Texas Driver License Expiration Dates

Notary Public Underwriters Agency of Texas, Inc. advises all Texas Notaries that by order of Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has temporarily waived expiration dates for certain Texas identification cards, including Driver Licenses, Commercial Driver Licenses and other identification forms. This measure suspends the need to venture into a public setting in order to renew an expiring or expired license.

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New Alabama Law Changes Marriage Requirements

Effective August 29, 2019, the State of Alabama abolished all requirements for persons wishing to marry to obtain a marriage license.  The requirement of a ceremony to legally solemnize marriage vows is also abolished.

Persons wishing to legally marry in Alabama will now do so by completing and submitting an affidavit and forms specified in state law.

Alabama Notaries Public may perform the notarization for a couple's marriage affidavit and charge the allowed fee for the notarial act.  They may also provide additional, non-notarial services related to wedding planning and presiding over a ceremony to celebrate the marriage.  Fees for any such additional, non-notarial services should be charged separately from fees for notarizing the affidavit of marriage.

Because Alabama's statute naming individuals authorized to solemnize marriages has not been repealed, we recommend that Notaries not represent themselves as marriage "officiants" unless they are also a person named in Code of Alabama Sec. 30-1-7(a)-(c).



Coronavirus Update: Keeping Our Team, Customers and Community Safe and Healthy

We understand the growing concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) for people everywhere, including notaries, and share in the collective duty of businesses to do their part to help end this epidemic. 

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Our Sustainability Efforts at Notary Public Underwriters

Our company, Notary Public Underwriters, Inc., was featured in an article in the Tallahassee Democrat showcasing our green business model.

At NPU, we are fully committed to reducing our carbon footprint and building a sustainable earth. Our efforts include:

• 3 on-site rain gardens to prevent precious downstream water from being polluted an soil from eroding.

• Recycling paper, cardboard, aluminum, light bulbs, batteries, cell phones, ink cartridges and computer components.

• Our recycling efforts save 13 tons of paper, 560 pounds of aluminum and 6 tons of cardboard from entering a landfill each year!

• Use of biodegradable packing peanuts in shipping over 60,000 products each year.

• Implemented a vast array of energy efficient and sustainable technologies such as roof-top solar panels, LED lighting, auto on/off light switches in the bathrooms, and much more.

You can read the Tallahassee Democrat's article about our sustainable business model by clicking here.

UPDATE: Since this article was written we have had two months of zero energy usage (zero kWh’s) and expect to have many more. NPU is being completely powered with sunshine! Best of all, our energy saving efforts have not resulted in a single penny of cost being passed along to our customers!