State of Online Notarization as of March 30, 2020

The National Notary Association has a website that provides information about remote notarization, which it updates frequently. Key points made, as of March 30, 2020, are as follows.

What States Currently Allow Remote Notarization:

Currently, 23 states have passed remote notarization laws. Out of those states, 17 have laws that are in effect as of January 1, 2020. Starting Janary 1, 2020, 13 of these states will have fully implemented their remote notarization procedures, meaning the law has taken effect and Notaries are currently authorized to perform remote online notarizations in those states.

Virginia, fully implemented

Texas, fully implemented (Additional emergency ID rules for Notaries currently in place, see “COVID-19 UPDATE” above)

Nevada, fully implemented

Minnesota, fully implemented

Montana, fully implemented

Ohio, fully implemented

Tennessee, fully implemented

Florida, fully implemented (Additional COVID-19 emergency rules in place, see “COVID-19 UPDATE” above)

Idaho, fully implemented 

Kentucky, fully implemented 

Oklahoma, fully implemented 

Utah, accepting applications to perform remote notarizations, according to the Lt. Governor’s website

South Dakota, fully implemented but with limitations (see below)

North Dakota, fully implemented (see below for more details)

Indiana, pending full implementation

Michigan, pending full implementation

Vermont, pending full implementation

Effective October 1, 2019, Montana Notaries are permitted to perform remote notarizations for signers outside the state.

Indiana and Vermont’s online notarization laws took effect July 1, 2019. However, these states may require additional time to implement remote notarization rules and technology. Notaries interested in performing remote notarizations in these states should contact their state Notary regulating agency for information when remote notarization procedures and services will be made fully available.

South Dakota currently limits remote notarizations to paper documents only and signers for remote notarizations may only be identified through the Notary’s personal knowledge.

North Dakota’s webcam notarization law took effect August 1, 2019. North Dakota issued guidance for remote notarizationin March 2020.  

Other states have temporarily enabled remote notarization, including Connecticut, Florida (expanded remote notarization), Illinois, Iowa, New York, Vermont, and Washington.

In addition, Senators Warner (D-VA) and Cramer (R-ND) have introduced the “Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act of 2020” that would authorize remote online notarizations nationwide.

For more details, see the following pages on the National Notary Association Website:

Posted by Lewis J. Saret, Co-General Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.

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