New Mexico Notary Journals

Does New Mexico require a notary journal?

Yes. According to the New Mexico Secretary of State, “A notary public is required to maintain a journal of every notarial act performed. The notary public shall retain the journal for ten years after the performance of the last notarial act chronicled, regardless of status of the notary public’s commission. A current or former notary public may transmit their journal to the secretary of state, the state records officer, or a repository approved by the secretary of state.

Each journal entry shall contain:

  • The date and time of the notarial act
  • A description of the record, if any, and type of notarial act
  • The full name and address of each individual for whom the notarial act is performed
  • If identity of the individual is based on personal knowledge, a statement to that effect
  • If identity of the individual is based on satisfactory evidence, a brief description of the method of identification and the identification credential presented, if any, including the date of issuance and expiration of any identification credential; and the fee, if any, charged by the notary public.”