Statement as to authority of notaries public

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§137. Statement as to authority of notaries public.

 In exercising his powers pursuant to this article, a notary public,

In addition to the venue of his act and his signature, shall print, typewrite, or stamp beneath his signature in black ink, his name, the words “Notary Public State of New York,” the name of the county in which he originally qualified, and the date upon which his commission expires and, in addition, wherever required, a notary public shall also include the name of any county in which his certificate of official character is filed, using the words “Certificate filed ………………. County.”

A notary public who is duly licensed as an attorney and counselor at law in this State may in his discretion, substitute the words “Attorney and Counselor at Law” for the words “Notary Public.” A notary public who has qualified or who has filed a certificate of official character in the office of the clerk in a county or counties within the City of New York must also affix to each instrument his official number or numbers in black ink, as given to him by the clerk or clerks of such county or counties at the time such notary qualified in such county or counties and, if the instrument is to be recorded in an office of the register of the City of New York in any county within such city and the notary has been given a number or numbers by such register or his predecessors in any county or counties, when his autographed signature and certificate are filed in such office or offices pursuant to this chapter, he shall also affix such number or numbers.

No official act of such notary public shall be held invalid on account of the failure to comply with these provisions.

If any notary public shall willfully fail to comply with any of the provisions of this section, he shall be subject to disciplinary action by the secretary of state.

In all the courts within this State the certificate of a notary public, over his signature, shall be received as presumptive evidence of the facts contained in such certificate; provided, that any person interested as a party to a suit may contradict, by other evidence, the certificate of a notary public

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