Renewal of Notary Practice Certificate beyond six months from expiry – Relaxation to be given by Government
Under Rule 4 of the Notaries Rules, 1956, the Government accepts an application for appointment of a Notary on the recommendations of the Interview Board. The certificate of practice is issued for the area to which the application relates or in such part thereof as the appropriate Government may specify in the certificate, as a notary for a period of five years from the date on which the certificate is issued to him.
Further, as per Rule 8B, the Certificate of Practice may be renewed for a further period of five years on payment of prescribed fee. An application for renewal of Certificate of Practice is submitted online, in Form XVI before six months from the date of expiry of its period of validity.
Now, the Ministry of Law and Justice has notified the Notaries (Second Amendment) Rules, 2022 providing that the Government may, after considering the reasons stated in the application, relax the condition of submission of application for renewal of Certificate of Practice before the said period of six months.
Also. where an application for renewal of Certificate of Practice is received within one year after the date of expiry of its period of validity, the Government may, after considering the reasons stated in the application, renew the Certificate of Practice with effect from the date of expiry of its period of validity.
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