Notaries; legal advice on immigration, etc.,non-English advertising, notice requirement. (SB503)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Notaries; advertising; notice requirement. Prohibits a notary public from offering or providing legal advice to any person in immigration matters or representing any person in immigration proceedings unless such notary public is an attorney or a federally accredited representative. The bill requires notaries engaged in non-English advertising to include in such advertising, as well as post within their place of business, a statement that the notary is not licensed to practice law and has no authority to give advice on immigration or other legal matters. The bill also provides for civil penalties and revocation of the notary commission for failing to include the required statements and postings. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102501D
01/08/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/03/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (13-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/04/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/05/2014Read second time
02/05/2014Reading of amendments waived
02/05/2014Committee amendments agreed to
02/05/2014Engrossed by Senate as amended SB503E
02/05/2014Printed as engrossed 14102501D-E
02/06/2014Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 2-N)
02/08/2014Placed on Calendar
02/08/2014Read first time
02/08/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2014Committee substitute printed 14105069D-H1
02/19/2014Read second time
02/20/2014Passed by for the day
02/21/2014Passed by for the day
02/24/2014Read third time
02/24/2014Committee substitute 14105069D-H1 rejected
02/24/2014Floor substitute printed 14105256D-H2 (Albo)
02/24/2014Substitute by Delegate Albo agreed to 14105256D-H2
02/24/2014Engrossed by House - floor substitute SB503H2
02/24/2014Passed House with substitute (98-Y 0-N)
02/24/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2014House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014Title replaced 14105256D-H2
02/28/2014Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB503ER)
03/03/2014Signed by Speaker
03/03/2014Signed by President
04/03/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 544 (effective 7/1/14)
04/03/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0544)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 7 minutes.