About American Society of Notaries The American Society of Notaries is the first national nonprofit association for notaries public in the United States. Established in 1965, the American Society of Notaries is foremost in technical support, education and supply for the notary in America.
Our Mission The American Society of Notaries is dedicated to providing its members with education, professional service and technical support; promoting high ethical standards; and increasing public awareness of notaries' valuable contributions.
Code of Ethics I, a member of the American Society of Notaries, having accepted the responsibility of the office of notary public, in order to faithfully discharge my duties with both competence and integrity, resolve to adhere to the following standards of conduct:
To uphold the trust placed in me by the public I serve;
To maintain a professional manner suitable to the office I hold;
To treat each individual fairly and equally, with kindness and respect;
To always be satisfied that the individual appearing before me understands the contents of the document to be executed or oath to be administered, before proceeding;
To always satisfy myself as to the identity of the individual appearing before me in my capacity as notary public;
To not betray the confidence of any individual appearing before me;
To never perform any notarial act in which I am a party in interest or from which I stand to benefit;
To never divulge the contents of any document nor the facts of execution of that document without proper authority;
To keep informed of the law regarding the duties and powers of the office of notary public in my jurisdiction and not compromise that law;
To not use the office of notary public as a means of financial gain, for myself or others, in any other business or profession;
To exercise extreme care to insure that the notarial seal, stamp, and records are kept in a safe place and are not used by any other person;
To always conduct myself and perform my duties in a manner which will bring credit to myself, my office, and the Society.
Adopted by the American Society of Notaries Board of Directors, May 4, 1980.
Executive Staff: Kathleen Butler, Executive Director