|(a) A notary public is authorized to refuse to perform
a notarial act if:
(1) the notary public has reasonable grounds to believe
that the principal is acting under coercion or undue influence;
(2) the notary public has reasonable grounds to believe
that the document in connection with which the notarial act is requested
may be used for an unlawful or improper purpose;
(3) the notary public has reasonable grounds to believe
the signing party does not have the capacity to understand the contents
of the document; or
(4) the notary public is not familiar with the type
of notarization requested.
(b) A notary public who is employed by a governmental
body shall not perform notarial services that interfere with the notary's
discharge of the notary's duties as a public employee.
(c) An employer may limit or prohibit an employee who
is a notary public from notarizing during work hours.
(d) A notary public may not refuse a request for notarial
services on the basis of the sex, age, religion, race, ethnicity or
national origin of the requesting party.
(e) A notary public should refuse a request for notarial
services only after careful deliberation.