(a) In order to sell or manufacture notary seals, a vendor or manufacturer shall apply for a permit from the Secretary, who shall charge $50.00 for issuance of this permit and maintain a controlled-access telephone number or internet site to allow vendors and manufacturers to confirm the business mailing address of any notary in American Samoa.
(b) A vendor or manufacturer shall not provide a notary seal to a purchaser claiming to be a notary, unless the purchaser presents a photocopy of his or her notary commission and a Certificate of Authorization to Purchase a Notary Seal from the Secretary, the purchaser appears in person, and the vendor or manufacturer identifies this individual as the person named in the commission and the Certificate of Authorization, through either personal knowledge or satisfactory evidence of identity.
(c) A vendor or manufacturer shall release a notary seal only to the purchaser, having appeared in person, presenting a photocopy of her notary commission, her Certificate of Authorization to Purchase a Notary Seal from the Secretary, and satisfactory evidence of identity.
(d) For each Certificate of Authorization to Purchase a Notary Seal, a vendor or manufacturer shall make or sell one and only one seal, plus, if requested by the person presenting the certificate, one and only one embossing seal.
(e) After manufacturing or providing a notary seal or seals, the vendor shall affix an image of all seals on the Certificate of Authorization to Purchase a Notary Seal and send the completed certificate to the Secretary, retaining a copy of the certificate and the commission for two years.
(f) A notary obtaining a seal or seals as a result of a name or business address change shall present a copy of the Confirmation of Notary’s Name or Address Change from the Secretary in accordance with sections 31.0351 and 31.0352.
(g) A vendor or manufacturer who fails to comply with this section is guilty of a class B misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by imprisonment of not more than six months and/or a fine not exceeding $500.00. Such conviction shall not preclude the civil liability of the vendor to parties injured by the vendor’s failure to comply with this section.History: 2008, PL 30-18.