American Association of Notaries, Inc. Terms & Conditions


American Association of Notaries
Terms of Use 

Updated on 01/24/2024

Introduction

Welcome to our website (“Site”). This Site is owned and operated by American Association of Notaries Inc. (“American Association of Notaries®” or “AAN”). This is a binding contractual agreement between you and American Association of Notaries®.

The Terms & Conditions (as defined below), and all rules for all promotions and other contests are incorporated into one another by reference and are referred to individually and collectively as the “Agreement.”

Your visitation, registration for an account, access and/or use of this Site constitutes your acceptance of this Agreement (as defined below). American Association of Notaries® may modify the Agreement at any time without prior notice to you. Such modification shall be effective immediately upon the first of the following events to occur: (1) posting of the modified Agreement to the website, or (2) upon otherwise notifying you of the modified Agreement. You agree to periodically review the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement to ensure that you are aware of any modifications.

You agree to do business with American Association of Notaries® electronically. By agreeing to do business electronically, you (i) consent to the electronic communication and delivery of all documents related to the Site and all other goods and services provided via the Site; and (ii) agree that your act of clicking your consent to this Agreement is a binding form of your electronic signature, which you agree binds you to this Agreement and the Privacy Policy.

NOTIFICATION OF ARBITRATION CLAUSE AND CLASS ACTION/JURY TRIAL WAIVER

PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY TO ENSURE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND EACH PROVISION. THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS A MANDATORY INDIVIDUAL BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTION/JURY TRIAL WAIVER PROVISION, AS set forth BELOW.

Definitions

“Agreement” means these Terms & Conditions and the Refund Policy.

"Personally Identifiable Information" means any information that identifies a natural person, such as name, Social Security Number or other government-issued number, date of birth, address, telephone number, biometric data, and the like.

“Person” means a natural person, entity organized under the laws of a governmental authority or unincorporated association or organization, unless otherwise specified.

“Site” means any and all pages of the website (individually and collectively) you are viewing at the moment, and also includes any and all websites on which the Agreement is posted.

“User” or “you” or "your" refers to any and all natural persons who visit, create an account with, access or use this Site in any way imaginable, whether through existing technology or through technology not heretofore manufactured, devised or discovered, or who request, purchase, subscribe to, access, or otherwise use the goods and services offered on this Site.

Products, Prices and Payment Terms
All prices posted on this site are subject to change without notice. The price charged for a product or service will be the price in effect at the time the order is placed and will be set out in your order confirmation email. Price increases will only apply to orders placed after such changes. Posted prices do not include taxes or charges for shipping and handling. All such taxes and charges (if any) will be added to your merchandise total and will be itemized in your shopping cart and in your order confirmation email. We are not responsible for pricing, typographical, or other errors in any offer by us and we reserve the right to cancel any orders arising from such errors. All goods or services purchased on the Site are subject to availability. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to refuse orders, including without limitation, orders that appear to be placed by distributors or resellers.

Terms of payment are within our sole discretion and, unless otherwise agreed by us in writing, payment must be received by us before our acceptance of an order. You represent and warrant that (i) the credit or debit card or banking information you supply to us is true, correct, and complete, (ii) you are authorized to use such information for the purchase, (iii) charges incurred by you will be honored by your credit card company or bank, and (iv) you will pay charges incurred by you at the posted prices, including all applicable taxes, if any.

Rewards Points
Members earn 5% back in rewards on purchases of everything except on insurance and notary bonds. Reward points have no cash value and may not be exchanged, refunded, transferred, reproduced or redeemed for cash or any other form of credit or value. Rewards accumulated from previous transactions will be automatically applied to future purchases. Accounts with no new transactional activity within any five-year period may be deactivated and all rewards points associated with such accounts will be forfeited.

Returns and Refunds
Please read our Refund and Return Policy.

Guidelines for Reviews
Company may accept, reject or remove reviews in its sole discretion. Company has absolutely no obligation to screen or delete reviews, even if a person considers a review objectionable or inaccurate. Those persons posting reviews should comply with the following criteria: (1) reviewers should have firsthand experience with the person/entity being reviewed; (2) reviews should not contain: offensive language, profanity, or abusive, racist, or hate language; discriminatory references based on religion, race, gender, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation or disability; or references to illegal activity; (3) reviewers should not be affiliated with competitors if posting negative reviews; (4) reviewers should not make any conclusions as to the legality of conduct; and (5) reviewers may not post any false statements or organize a campaign encouraging others to post reviews, whether positive or negative. Reviews are not endorsed by Company, and do not represent the views of Company or of any affiliate or partner of Company. Company does not assume liability for any review or for any claims, liabilities or losses resulting from any review. By posting a review, the reviewer hereby grants to Company an irrevocable perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, fully-paid, assignable and sub licensable license to Company to reproduce, modify, translate, transmit by any means, display, perform and/or distribute all content constating or relating to reviews.

If you post a review on any third party site, you are prohibited from identifying yourself as a member of AAN, or otherwise referencing AAN, in the review. A violation of this provision may result in termination of your account.

Security

You agree to keep your password confidential and not to distribute it or otherwise allow anyone other than you to access your account. Your password is the key to all of the information in your account.

Any communication you make on this Site or over the Internet, whether sent via e-mail, via a form on the Site, or a message board, etc., should be regarded as an insecure communication, unless we explicitly state on a particular web page that you can expect the communication to be secure or encrypted.

Refusal & Termination of Service

American Association of Notaries® reserves the right to terminate or refuse service to anyone, at any time, for any reason or no reason at all, without prior notice, including, without limitation, for violating any provision of this Agreement.

Export Control

You may not use or otherwise export or re-export the Site and/or its content, except as authorized by United States law. The Site and its content may not be exported or re-exported (i) into (or to a national or resident of) any U.S.-embargoed country, (ii) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals, or (iii) to anyone on the U.S. Department of Commerce's Table of Denial Orders. You represent and warrant that you are not a resident or national of any such country on any such list, and are not located in, under the control of, acting on behalf of or in concert with, a resident or national of any such country or on any such list.

License to Use the Site

American Association of Notaries® grants, subject to the terms of this Agreement, a limited, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, non-exclusive license to use the software, content and documentation which it owns, or of which it is a licensee, for the limited purposes accessing, exploring and using the Site in real time in a manner consistent with the terms of the Agreement.

Intellectual Property Rights in the Site

Unauthorized duplication of this Site, in whole or in part, or of any plans, designs, specifications, data or content made available from the Site (except as expressly authorized herein) is a violation of the Copyright Act of 1976.

Copyrights

Unless otherwise stated, American Association of Notaries® owns the copyright interests in and to this Site and is the owner or a licensee of the content hereon, including, without limitation, all “works” as defined in the Copyright Act of 1976, text, graphics, images, video material, audio material, audiovisual material, and other content, regardless of media format, whether now existing or hereafter arising (“Copyright Material”). The Copyright Material is protected by United States and international copyright laws. You may display and download portions of the Site solely for your own personal, non-commercial use. You agree not to change or delete any proprietary notices from materials downloaded from the Site. All other uses, including, without limitation, the reproduction, copying, modification, distribution, sale, lease, transmission, republication, performance, display, or any commercial use of the content on this site are strictly prohibited by law.

Trademarks

American Association of Notaries is a trademark owned by American Association of Notaries® (individually and collectively the “Trademarks”). The Trademarks may not be used in any manner by any person or in connection with any product or service, without the express written authorization of an officer or director of American Association of Notaries®. All other trademarks, service marks, and trade names are the property of their respective owners and are used on this site by virtue of a right or license from their respective owners.

Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement

Notice of Claimed Infringement
Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 512, claims of copyright infringement must be submitted to the following designated agent:

Hank Fasthoff
Fasthoff Law Firm PLLC
21 Waterway Ave., Suite 300
The Woodlands, TX 77380
hank@ fasthofflawfirm.com

To be effective, the notification must be a written communication that includes the following:

(i) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
(ii) A reasonably detailed description of the alleged infringing material, or, if multiple copyrighted works are alleged to be infringing, a representative list of such works on this website;
(iii) A reasonably detailed description of where the alleged infringing material is located on this website;
(iv) Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;
(v) A statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
(vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.   

Counter-Notice

If you believe that your content that was removed pursuant to a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice we received is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner's agent, or pursuant to law, to post and use the content, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Copyright Agent at the address listed above:

(i) Your physical or electronic signature;
(ii) Identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or disabled;
(iii) A statement that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the content; and
(iv) Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court in Harris County, Texas, and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.

If a counter-notice is received by the Copyright Agent, we may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider, member or user, the removed content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at our sole discretion.

General Submissions

American Association of Notaries® values and encourages feedback. Pursuant to American Association of Notaries’® policy, however, we do not accept or consider creative ideas, suggestions, or materials other than those specifically requested from you by American Association of Notaries®, if you choose to send any creative submissions to us, whether at American Association of Notaries’® request, or despite our request that you do not send submissions to us, then you hereby irrevocably assign and transfer to American Association of Notaries® any and all rights, throughout the universe, in and to each submission (including the individual elements of each submission), without any compensation therefore, including, without limitation, all domestic and foreign copyrights, trademark rights (and goodwill appurtenant thereto), patent rights, trade secret rights, know-how, and all other intellectual property rights and other rights, whether now existing or hereafter arising. To the extent moral rights may not be assigned or transferred, you hereby irrevocably waive enforcement of any and all moral rights. American Association of Notaries® shall be entitled to complete unrestricted use of the submissions and all content, data and information contained therein for any purpose, whether commercial or otherwise, without compensation to, or recognition or acknowledgment of, the author(s) or provider(s) of the submissions.

User Representations & Warranties

You represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years of age and have reached the age of majority in the location where you reside. If you desire to participate in one or more contests or promotions that may be offered by American Association of Notaries®, you further represent that you are a lawful resident of one of the states for which registration for contests or promotions is permitted. You further represent and warrant that you possess the legal right and ability to enter into this Agreement and to use the Site in accordance with this Agreement. You agree to be financially responsible and otherwise responsible for your use of the Site, and to comply with your responsibilities and obligations as stated in this Agreement. You further agree to (i) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about you as requested by the forms available on this Site; and (ii) to maintain and update your information to keep it secure, true, accurate, current, and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, American Association of Notaries® has the right to terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Site.

You further represent and warrant that you will not provide to us the name, address, email address, phone number, or other personal identifying information of any person under the age of 13. Violation of this provision is grounds for immediate cancellation of any orders, goods, and services offered hereunder.

Governing Law, Jurisdiction, & Venue; Arbitration

All uses of the Site, and all content contained herein, including, without limitation, any disputes arising under or related to this Agreement, shall be governed by and interpreted pursuant to the laws of the State of Texas and the United States of America without regard for conflicts of laws principles. All disputes arising under or relating to the Agreement and/or your visitation, access or use of the Site, shall be submitted to and resolved by binding arbitration in Harris County, Texas, and any award shall be confirmed exclusively in the courts situated in Harris County, Texas. You further irrevocably agree and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts situated in Harris County, Texas for the purposes of reviewing, confirming or otherwise relating to any arbitration award, and you hereby expressly waive jurisdiction and venue in any other forum for such purposes. Any arbitration shall be conducted on a confidential basis pursuant to the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any decision or award as a result of any such arbitration proceeding shall be in writing and shall provide an explanation for all findings of fact and conclusions of law, and shall be kept confidential and not disclosed for any purpose except as required by law, e.g., disclosure to tax advisors for the purpose of filing a tax return. Any such arbitration shall include a written record of the arbitration hearing.

WAIVER OF CLASS ACTION/JURY TRIAL

ARBITRATION MUST BE ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS. YOU MAY NOT JOIN OR CONSOLIDATE CLAIMS OR PARTIES IN ARBITRATION, OR LITIGATE IN COURT OR ARBITRATE ANY CLAIMS AS A REPRESENTATIVE OR MEMBER OF A CLASS OR IN A PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL CAPACITY, AND YOU HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVE ANY RIGHT YOU MAY HAVE TO FILE ANY SUCH CLAIM OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY PROCEEDING IN ANY SUCH CAPACITY. YOU FURTHER HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVE YOUR RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL.

INDEMNIFICATION

YOU AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NOTARIES® AND ITS PARENT (IF ANY), SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUCCESSORS, AND ASSIGNS, AND EACH OF THE FOREGOING’S PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, MEMBERS, MANAGERS, PARTNERS, SHAREHOLDERS, OWNERS, ASSOCIATES, JOINT VENTURERS, CONTRACTORS, ATTORNEYS, INSURERS, AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES (INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY, THE “INDEMNIFIED PARTIES”), FROM AND AGAINST ALL LIABILITIES, DAMAGES, CLAIMS, CAUSES OF ACTION, COSTS, ATTORNEY’S FEES, AND ALL OTHER COSTS AND EXPENSES, IN CONNECTION WITH, ARISING OUT OF, OR RELATING TO (I) YOUR ACTUAL OR ALLEGED BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT (II) YOUR ACTUAL OR ALLEGED NEGLIGENT, WILFUL OR INTENTIONAL ACTIONS OR OMISSIONS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO YOUR REGISTRATION, VISITATION OR USE OF THIS SITE; PURCHASE, POSSESSION, USE OR NONUSE OF ANY MERCHANDISE AS WELL AS YOUR PARTICIPATION IN ANY CONTEST OR OTHER PROMOTION. THE INDEMNIFIED PARTIES MAY, AT THEIR SOLE DISCRETION, CHOOSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DEFENSE OR ANY MATTER OR CLAIM OR NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT. NO SETTLEMENT THAT MAY HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO AFFECT AN INDEMNIFIED PARTY’S RIGHTS IN ANY WAY SHALL BE ENTERED INTO WITHOUT SUCH INDEMNIFIED PARTY’S PRIOR WRITTEN APPROVAL.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

ACCESS TO AND USE OF THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS. YOU AGREE THAT AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NOTARIES® AND ITS PARENT (IF ANY), SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUCCESSORS, AND ASSIGNS, AND EACH OF THE FOREGOING’S PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, MEMBERS, MANAGERS, PARTNERS, SHAREHOLDERS, OWNERS, ASSOCIATES, JOINT VENTURERS, CONTRACTORS, ATTORNEYS, INSURERS, AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES (INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY, THE “LIMITED PARTIES”), SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR FOR ANY INDEMNITY, REGARDLESS OF THE NATURE OR CAUSE OF THE DAMAGES OR INDEMNITY, THAT ARISE OUT OF OR RELATE TO YOUR VISITATION OR USE OF THIS SITE; PURCHASE, POSSESSION, USE OR NONUSE OF MERCHANDISE, OR THE OFFERING OF CONTENT, INFORMATION, GOODS, SERVICES, OR OTHER MATERIAL ON, OR ACCESSIBLE THROUGH, THIS WEBSITE AND/OR IN ANY EMAILS, NEWSLETTERS, OR IN ANY EXTERNALLY-LINKED THIRD PARTY SITE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, THE LIMITED PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ACTUAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL, AND/OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR FOR ANY OTHER CAUSE, LOSS, ACTION, CLAIM, OR DAMAGE, INCLUDING LOSS OF TIME, LOSS OF OPPORTUNITY, LOSS OF BUSINESS, LOSS OF EARNINGS, OR INJURY TO PERSON (INCLUDING DEATH) OR PROPERTY.

DISCLAIMER OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES

ALL PRODUCTS, SERVICES, MATERIALS, INFORMATION, AND OTHER CONTENT ON THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NOTARIES® MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY TYPE, NEITHER EXPRESS NOR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF THE SITE OR THE INFORMATION, MATERIALS, CONTENT, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES CONTAINED HEREIN. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NOTARIES® EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ALL TYPES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

IN PARTICULAR, BUT WITHOUT LIMITATION, WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE INFORMATION PRINTED ON OUR NOTARY STAMP AND NOTARIAL CERTIFICATE PADS, OR INFORMATION PRINTED ON ANY OF OUR PRODUCTS THAT IS LISTED ON OUR WEBSITE COMPLY WITH YOUR STATE NOTARY LAW. WE HAVE MADE EFFORTS TO ENSURE THE INK COLORS, STAMPS LAYOUTS AND THE REQUIRED INFORMATION PRINTED ON ANY OF OUR NOTARY PRODUCTS ARE CORRECT AND COMPLY WITH YOUR STATE’S NOTARY LAW. HOWEVER, IT IS THE NOTARY’S RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW THEIR STATE'S NOTARY LAWS AND TO VERIFY THE PRODUCTS THEY RECEIVE FROM US COMPLY WITH THEIR STATE'S NOTARY LAWS.

THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THIS WEBSITE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT INTENDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, OR RELIABILITY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A LICENSED ATTORNEY FOR ANY LEGAL MATTERS.

Site Usage Policy

The Site may be used only for lawful purposes. The transmission, storage, routing, or presentation of any information, data or material in violation of any applicable local, state, or federal law or regulation, or in violation of this Site Usage Policy is strictly prohibited. Examples of such information, data, or material include unauthorized reproduction, publication, distribution or other use of copyrighted works, patents, inventions, trademarks, trade secrets; research, development, plans, materials or other data that are prohibited by the United States Export Control Regulations; or the dissemination of harmful, harassing, or fraudulent content. Any conduct by any user that constitutes harassment, fraud, stalking, abuse, or a violation of applicable law is strictly prohibited. Using the Site to perform, or solicit the performance of, any illegal activity is also strictly prohibited.

In addition to the forgoing, the following uses are strictly prohibited and all users agree not to engage in such conduct, directly or indirectly:

a.  Posting or transmitting any unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, "spam," chain letters/emails, telephone calls or any other form of solicitation to anyone.
b.  Spamming any email address that appears on the Site.
c.  Posting any multi-level-marketing, pyramid scheme, "club membership," distributorship or sales representative agency arrangement or other business or commercial opportunity.
d.  Including any hidden text in your postings, including words in white or otherwise invisible font.
e.  Deleting or revising any material posted by any other person or entity.
f.  If you have a password allowing access to a nonpublic area of the Site, you are prohibited from sharing or disclosing it to any third party, and from allowing any third party to access the Site under your account. 
g.  Using, or attempting to use, any engine, software, tool, agent or other device or mechanism (including without limitation browsers, spiders, bots, avatars or intelligent agents) to navigate or search the Site, other than (i) the search engine and search agents available on the Site, and (ii) generally available third-party web browsers.
h.  Accessing the Site by any means other than through the interface that is provided for use in accessing the Site.
i.  Attempting to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software comprising a part of the Site.
j.  Aggregating, copying or duplicating in any manner any of the materials or information available from the Site.
k.  Framing of or linking to any of the materials or information available from the Site.

Contact Us
In order to resolve a complaint regarding the Company Services or to receive further information regarding use of the Company Services, please contact Company as set forth below or, if any complaint with us is not satisfactorily resolved, and you are a California resident, you can contact the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the Department of Consumer Affairs in writing at 400 "R" Street, Sacramento, California 95814 or by telephone at 1-916-445-1254.

American Association of Notaries, Inc.
7438 Park Place Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77087
sales@usnotaries.com
713-644-2299

Washington notary bonds and errors and omissions insurance policies provided by this insurance agency, the American Association of Notaries, Inc., are underwritten by Western Surety Company (established 1900). Kal Tabbara is a licensed insurance agent in Washington.

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