§ 47.1-15. Prohibitions.This provision has some real estate practitioners worried because oftentimes, real estate documents have a slew of signatures at the end with the notary certifications on other pages. The article I saw in today's Virginia Lawyers Weekly noted that some Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae forms may no longer be usable in Virginia unless they are modified to comply with this new law.
A notary shall not:
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3. Notarize a signature on a document without notarial certificate wording on the same page as the signature.
The new law also requires that "[n]ear the notary's official signature on the notarial certificate of a paper document, the notary shall affix a sharp, legible, permanent, and photographically reproducible image of the official seal," § 47.1-16(C) (emphasis added), meaning raised seals may not be in compliance if they cannot be picked up on a photocopier.