Professional Civil Law Notaries Association

Welcome to the Professional Civil Law Notaries Association (PCLNA) website. It is my privilege to serve as the President of the Association and I want to welcome you and encourage you to visit with us at our meetings and utilize our website to help you with any notarial support you may need. – Michael Gray, PCLNA President

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Who We Are

We are a Professional Membership Association of commissioned civil law notary publics, who’ve joined together to promote continuing education and ethics in all acts where a notary public is involved. Louisiana is unique in that our courts are based upon Civil Law, rather than the Common Law that can be found in every other state in the union.

The Louisiana Civil Law Notary can draft, prepare and execute affidavits, acknowledgements and authentic acts. Louisiana Civil Law provides for much of our legal documentation to be passed by a notary, a public official who has qualified for a commission authorizing those powers.

Our History

In 1999 this organization began as a vision of our founder, Tim Estes, who became a notary in 1995 and soon found that more education was needed.


Our goal for Notaries is all about Education because we believe that education is the key to a successful career as a notary in Louisiana.

Meet our Team

Our team is always ready to help you with anything you need when it comes to becoming a notary or obtaining notary information. 

If You Need A Notary, You’ve Come To The Right Place

Using an experienced Notary can be an extremely cost effective and convenient alternative for legal document preparation. The Louisiana Civil Law Notary has broad powers usually reserved for attorneys in other states. Our member’s directory and the search features are unique tools to help you locate a Notary near you. 

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Notary Information

Unlike any other state in the Union, Louisiana’s Civil Law System, based upon the French Napoleon Code takes a civil law approach and provides that much of our legal documentation is to be passed before a notary public.

Notary Duties

There is a difference in Notary Publics between Louisiana and other states. The Louisiana Notary is a civil law notary and has broad powers.

Become A Notary

If you are interested in becoming a Notary Public, we encourage you to take one of the Notary Preparation classes before you sit for the exam. 

Notary Information

Many of the legal documents that you would typically find reserved to be done strictly by attorneys in other states can be performed by a notary.

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Professional Civil Law Notaries Association
9701 Baird Road Shreveport, Louisiana 71118