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Crimes Oregon Notaries Can’t (Won’t!) Commit

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In case you ever wondered why that Oregon Notary Public doesn’t just “wham, bam, stamp, and thank you, ma’am,” take a look at what Oregon Notaries Public need to consider before notarizing your document.

If you wonder about what can go wrong, attend one of the excellent Notary Seminars for some hair-raising stories.

From the Oregon (Secretary of State’s) Notary Qualification website:

Conviction of a lesser offense incompatible with the duties of a notary public means:

Conviction of a lesser offense incompatible with the duties of a notary public” as cited in ORS 194.166(4) and OAR 160-100-0610(67) shall mean having been convicted in any court of the State of Oregon or any other state or federal jurisdiction of one of the crimes listed below or any comparable crime:

  • Any misconduct identified of the notary offenses listed in ORS 194.990
  • Compounding a felony (ORS 162.335)
  • Criminal impersonation (ORS 162.365)
  • Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the 2nd degree (ORS 165.017)
  • Criminal simulation (ORS 165.037)
  • False swearing (ORS 162.075)
  • Falsifying business records (ORS 165.080)
  • Forgery in the 2nd degree (ORS 165.007)
  • Fraudulently obtaining a signature (ORS 165.042)
  • Giving false information to police officer for a citation (ORS 162.385)
  • Initiating a false report (ORS 162.375)
  • Issuing a false financial statement (ORS 165.100)
  • Misapplication of entrusted property (ORS 165.095)
  • Misuse of confidential information (ORS 162.425)
  • Obstructing governmental or judicial administration (ORS 162.235)
  • Obtaining execution of documents by deception (ORS 165.102)
  • Simulating legal process (ORS 162.355)
  • Tampering with physical evidence (ORS 162.295)
  • Tampering with public records (ORS 162.305)
  • Unsworn falsification (ORS 162.085)
  • Any other offense of a similar nature to the above listed crimes, which is incompatible with the duties of a notary public…”
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