In a significant legislative move, California has officially joined 44 other states in embracing the concept of Remote Online Notarization (RON). Senate Bill 696, a pivotal piece of legislation, was recently signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 30. This momentous development authorizes California notaries to embark on a new frontier—offering online notarization services to the public.
The law, as passed under SB 696, is set to revolutionize the landscape of notary services in the Golden State.
You can read about the previous stance here:https://www.clta.org/news/498236/CA-Secretary-of-State-Issues-Guidance-on-Notarization.htm
Here are the key takeaways from this groundbreaking legislation, and its implications for notaries:
RON’s California Debut: January 1, 2030
Under the provisions of SB 696, California notaries are poised to commence online notarization services starting January 1, 2030. This date is, however, subject to change if the Secretary of State determines that additional time is required to establish the necessary rules and technology for implementing the new RON statutes, notifying the Legislature and Governor before January 1, 2029.
Application and Registration Process The legislation introduces a streamlined application process, enabling notaries and aspiring notaries to register with the Secretary of State to become authorized for online notarizations. This process includes specific requirements that must be met.
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This comprehensive legislation signifies a momentous leap forward for notary services in California. It aligns the state with the national trend toward RON and sets the stage for a new era of convenience and accessibility in notarization services. With the law taking effect in the near future, notaries and businesses alike must prepare for this transformative shift in the notary landscape. Stay informed, adapt, and embrace the opportunities that online notarization brings to California’s notary publics and their clients.
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In conclusion, as more states embraces the digital, the role of online notary services becomes ever more pivotal. BlueNotary stands ready to ensure that this crucial step in expanding your business offerings is seamless, secure, and efficient.
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