As Justice Of The Peace I am an ex officio notary public within my territorial jurisdiction to the extent allowed by La. R.S. 13:2586.1. An ex officio notary public is different from a commissioned notary. A commissioned notary is a person, eighteen years or older, who has made the necessary application, submitted to an examination administered by an examining committee, and has given a bond. Unlike ex officio notaries, commissioned notaries do not have limited notarial powers.
A Justice of the Peace notarial powers are limited and are only allowed to exercise functions of a notary in four specific ways.
Further, justices of the peace are allowed to notarize title documents relating to movable property when these documents are required by law. This includes title documents that must be registered with the office of motor vehicles (OMV) of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
A justice of the peace as ex officio notary public has no authority to: