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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.

Delaware

Declaration of a State Of Emergency for the State Of Delaware Due To a Public Health Threat (PDF) - 4/15/2020

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

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

New Jersey

Emergency Legislation Bill A-3864 (Website) – 3/16/2020

New York

Guidance to Notaries Concerning Executive Order 202.7 (PDF) – 3/31/2020

No. 202.7: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency (Website) – 3/19/2020

Pennsylvania

Temporary Remote Notarization (PDF) – 4/20/2020

PA Law and Resources (Website) – 4/8/2020

Pennsylvania Provides Limited Suspension of In-person Regulatory Requirements for Notaries for Real Estate Transactions (PDF) – 3/25/2020

Rhode Island

Remote Online Notarization (Website) 4/3/2020

Standards of Conduct for Notaries Public in the State Of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (PDF) 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.

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