May a married woman who is a notary public use her maiden name on her seal?
The Attorney General has given an opinion that a married woman may use her maiden or married name on her notary commission and seal. The name chosen must agree on the commission, on the seal, and as she signs her name on the certification. She may choose either name, but whichever she chooses, the use must be consistent. That is, her name as used as a notary public, should be the same one used for other purposes: business, professional, or personal. Based upon an earlier court case, the opinion stated that a married female may retain her given birth name by using it exclusively, consistently, and non-fraudulently.
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