CHAPTER 43

RELATING TO NOTARIES PUBLIC

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29, DELAWARE CODE, ENTITLED "STATE GOVERNMENT" BY INCREASING THE AUTHORIZED NUMBER OF NOTARIES. PUBLIC AND PROVIDING FOR MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THOSE HOLDING SUCH OFFICE; AND INCREASING THE FEES.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. § 4301, Title 29, Delaware Code, is amended to read as follows:

§ 4301. Appointment of notaries in general; number from each county; qualifications; revocation

(a) In addition to the notaries public authorized to be appointed under sections 4302-4304 of this title, the Governor may appoint in--

New Castle County, 750 notaries public; Kent County, 175 notaries public; and Sussex County, 200 notaries public.

(b) Any citizen who desires to become a notary shall be at least 21 years of age and shall provide such evidence as the Governor may require to show:

(1) Good character and reputation;

(2) A reasonable need for a notary commission; and

(3) Legal residence of at least one year within the State of Delaware.

(c) The Governor may revoke any notary commission for cause.

Section 2. § 4306, Title 29, Delaware Code, is amended by substituting the figures "$20" for the figures "$10" as the same appear in the last line thereof.

Section 3. The provisions of § 4301 (b) as set forth in Section 1 of this Act shall not be so applied as to require any present notary to give up his commission, and any notary now commissioned shall be eligible upon application and payment of the proper fee for a renewal of his commission any provision of § 4301 (b) to the contrary notwithstanding.

Section 4. The Act shall become effective 30 days after approval by the Governor.

Approved April 20, 1955.