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Bill calls for official notary public’s stamps in red or blue ink

Josh Wright Staff writer

BOISE – New Rep. Marge Chadderdon’s first bill calls for more red ink in government.

Or, for that matter, blue ink.

Chadderdon presented a bill Thursday to the House State Affairs Committee that would require official notary public’s stamps to use red or blue ink.

“This would combat identity theft,” the Coeur d’Alene Republican said. “Forgeries on what appears to be the original copy are easier than ever.”

In addition to guarding against people falsifying records, Chadderdon said her legislation would help distinguish between photocopies and originals of documents.

“It’s become increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to note a difference between the original and photocopy of a document,” she told the committee.

Apparently, most notaries use black ink, which is easier to make copies of.

The bill would add a section to the Idaho Notary Public Act, which currently says a notary public’s rubber stamp must include a serrated or milled edge border, the notary public’s name and the words “State of Idaho.”

Rep. Steve Smylie, R-Boise, said he thought notary seals already were supposed to be embossed or indented so people could notice a difference from copies.

Actually, that rule was removed in 1998, Chadderdon said.

Rep. Janet Miller, R-Boise, voiced her support.

“The older I get, the harder it becomes for me to differentiate copies from the original,” she said.

Chadderdon said she decided to introduce the legislation after hearing complaints from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office about the problem.

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