Remote Notarization Resource
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several states have issued emergency orders, guidance or regulations temporarily authorizing the use of remote e-notarization. Some of these states have existing laws that will take effect in the coming months. Currently there are 39 states that authorize remote e-notarization either through an existing law, or emergency action. The National Association of Secretaries of State’s website provides background on the remote electronic notarization process, a full list of state laws authorizing remote e-notarization, news alerts and additional resources.
The SECURE Act
On March 18, 2020, Senate Bill 3533, the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act of 2020 (SECURE Notarization Act) was introduced to authorize and establish minimum standards for electronic and remote notarizations that occur in or affect interstate commerce. If the SECURE Act passes in its current form, it would permit immediate nationwide use of remote online notary (RON) with minimum standards and provide certainty for the interstate recognition of RON.
White and Williams has been busy assisting our clients in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and other states in understanding these orders and regulations. Below are government orders, and related resources, that have been announced and/or are currently in effect authorizing remote e-notarization. White and Williams will continue to monitor these orders and add additional orders and resources as they are announced.
Important Information for Notaries Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (Website) – 4/8/2020
COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Notaries (PDF) – 4/8/2020
Massachusetts Law About Notaries Public (Website) – 4/8/2020
An Act Relative to Remote Notarization During COVID-19 State Of Emergency (Website) – 4/6/2020
Emergency Legislation Bill A-3864 (Website) – 3/16/2020
Guidance to Notaries Concerning Executive Order 202.7 (PDF) – 3/31/2020
Temporary Remote Notarization (PDF) – 4/20/2020
PA Law and Resources (Website) – 4/8/2020
Remote Online Notarization (Website) – 4/3/2020
Rhode Island Remote Online Notarization Temporary Performance Guide (PDF) – 4/3/2020
As we continue to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), White and Williams lawyers are working collaboratively to stay current on developments and counsel clients through the various legal and business issues that may arise across a variety of sectors. Read all of the updates here.