The Model Notary Act is a comprehensive statute prototype designed to assist state lawmakers and Notary program administrators in modernizing and strengthening the Notary Public office. Conceived as the Uniform Notary Act in 1973 in a special collaboration with Yale Law School, it was retitled as theModel Notary Act in progressively expanded and updated versions in 1984, 2002 and 2010. Over the years, the separate MNA drafting panels have included secretaries of state, law professors, digital technology experts, mortgage banking executives and government officials at every level.
For nearly four decades, legislators and Notary-regulating officials have borrowed extensively from all versions of the Model Notary Act in reforming state and territorial Notary laws. Several U.S. jurisdictions have adopted theMNA virtually in its entirety, while many others have enacted discrete sections and articles from the Act to update and improve their Notary laws.