NEW BRUNSWICK — Middlesex County Clerk, Elaine M. Flynn announced that the county’s notary system has been updated in her office.
“Previously, when residents came in to be sworn in as notary publics, they found an antiquated system consisting of typewriters and rolodex cards,” Flynn said. When a notary public took the oath of office, their information was typed on a rolodex card, color coded, in 5 year intervals. If the notary public’s signature needed to be certified, the cards were filed by color-coded year, and by date alphabetically. “Unfortunately, sometimes human error caused some cards to be misfiled and lead to delayed service to the customer,” said Flynn.
Now when a resident comes in to take the oath of office as a notary public, their qualification document with their signature is scanned into our Land Records System and is able to be accessed only by our staff. Flynn said that it makes the verification process a lot faster, thus making county government more “user friendly”.
For those residents of Middlesex County who wish to become notary publics, they may call the notary office at 1-732-745-3870 for an application. Once their paperwork is approved by the state, they must come into the clerk’s office to take the oath of office at the County Administration Building, 75 Bayard Street, New Brunswick. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and extended hours on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Flynn also reminds residents that the oaths are administered during the mobile passport program day, which is every first Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodbridge Town Hall, 1 Main Street.
Along with Mayor John E. McCormac, Flynn said the county and township has entered into an agreement whereby the township offers their council chambers to the county to provide, once again, another service to the residents. “Driving into New Brunswick is sometimes difficult, and this makes it more of a convenience to the residents, whether it is for a notary oath or applying for a passport”.
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