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Notaries Rules & Regulations

These are the current Faculty Office Rules & Regulations for the Notarial profession in England & Wales.  The formatting may differ from the original Rules & Regulations. In any case of doubt, reference should be made to the hard copies held by the Faculty Office (available upon written request).

The Master of the Faculties is the approved regulator for the purposes of the Legal Services Act 2007 of the profession of Notaries Public in England & Wales. This jurisdiction regarding the Notarial Profession was confirmed and enhanced by the Courts and Legal Services Act of 1990 and the Legal Services Act 2007. Both confirmed the Master’s statutory powers to make Rules for the regulation of the profession.

You may also wish to read more about how the Faculty Office regulates Notaries, and what information we provide for practising Notaries.


The most important Rules & Regulations are:


Notaries Practice Rules 2014 – matters relating to the practice of a Notary (such as Instructions, Undertakings, Conflicts of Interest, Duty to act impartially, Publicity, Fees, Record-keeping)


Notaries Inspections Regulations 2014 – the inspection of the records and practices of Notaries, on behalf of the Master of the Faculties


Notaries (Post-Admission) Rules 2009 – the requirement for a supervisor post-admission, and participation in Post-Admission Education activities


Notaries (Continuing Professional Education) Regulations 2010 – the requirement for all Notaries to participate in Continuing Professional Education activities (if not required to participate in Post-Admission Education)


Notaries (Conduct and Discipline) Rules 2015 – the processes for complaints against Notaries and the sanctions which may be imposed


Notaries (Practising Certificates) Rules 2012 – the requirement to practise only when holding a valid practising certificate, the application process for a practising certificate, and the duty to hold insurance


Notaries (Qualification) Rules 2017 – the process of qualification and admission


The Rules & Regulations currently in force, in chronological order:


1. Notarial Contingency Fund Rules 1981


2. Notaries (Notification of Address) Rules 1982


3. Notaries Accounts Rules 1989 (as amended)

3.1 Accountant’s Report Form and Check List


4. Notaries’ Accounts (Deposit Interest) Rules 1989


5. Notaries Trust Accounts Rules 1989


6. Notarial Rules and Orders (Ratification and Citation) Rules 1991


7. Notaries (Access to Justice Act) (Consequential Provisions) Rules 1999


8. Notarial Appeals and Hearings Rules 2000


9. Notaries (Advisory Board) Rules 2008


10. Notaries (Prevention of Money Laundering) Rules 2008


11. Notaries (Post-Admission) Rules 2009 (as amended)


12. Notaries Continuing Professional Education Regulations 2010


13. Notaries (Supervision Fees) Regulation 2010


14. Notaries (Practising Certificates) Rules 2012

14.1 Order of the Master 17th April 2012


15. Notaries Practice Rules 2014

15.1 Statement of Professional Independence

15.2 Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts


16. Notaries Inspections Regulations 2014


17. Notaries (Conduct and Discipline) Rules 2015

17.1 Notaries (Conduct and Discipline) Fees and Costs Order 2015

17.2 The Master of the Faculties’ Guidance to Nominated Notaries


18. Notaries (Qualification) Rules 2017