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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 20, 2020 01:33 PM
From: Representative Mark K. Keller
To: All House members
Subject: Covid-19 -- Electronic Notarization of Documents
Please join me in co-sponsoring legislation that would assist our banks, credit unions and other financial institutions in this time of crisis. This legislation amends Title 57 (Notaries) to authorize the electronic notarization of documents where the signer appears before the notary by means of real-time audio-video communication.

If enacted, this legislation would assist in making things easier in this time when social distancing is the norm and many cannot go out to sign documents in person.

Under this legislation, a notary could perform acknowledgements, administer an oath or affirmation, take a verification on oath or affirmation, witness or attest electronic signatures and certify or attest a copy by means of a real-time, two-way audio-video communication. These acts could only be performed using technology that allows individuals to communicate by simultaneously seeing and speaking to one another.

This legislation does not, in any way, replace notaries or change the services they provide. Rather, it authorizes a way of doing business when individuals cannot be physically present.

I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this important initiative.

Introduced as HB2370