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: