With the recent pandemic, many people have been unable to go out and complete their notarizations in person. In response, several states have enacted legislation to allow for online notarization. This article is a list of states that currently allow online notaries and are expected to continue doing so in 2022.
What States Permit Online Notary in 2023?
At present, there are 44 states have adopted some degree of permanent Remote Online Notarization (RON) laws: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine,Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
What states allow temporary online notarization in 2022-2023?
Alabama (from Senate Bill 275), Georgia (from Executive Order 06.30.21.02), Mississippi (from Executive Order No. 1467), and Maine (through June 23, 2023, per Executive Order 37 FY 19/20) are some of the states that have enacted legislation to permit online notarization. Alabama requires an Alabama Notary Public Commission in order to become an online notary and must also be registered with Alabama’s Secretary of State. Georgia’s law requires all online notaries hold a commission from its Secretary of State and adhere to other requirements as outlined by the state. Maine permits remote notarizations for up to 45 days only, but no further limitation exists on how long this service may be used.
It is important to note that these laws are constantly changing, so it is important to stay informed about the latest changes related to your state’s regulations on online notarization. Additionally, check with your Secretary of State if you are ever uncertain (SOS).
States that don’t allow online notary in 2023
Unfortunately, not all states have adopted RON laws yet. As of late 2023, California, Illinois, and Massachusetts do not yet allow Remote Online Notarization (Massachusetts and Illinois are on schedule to go live Jan. 1, 2024).
It’s important to remember that notarizations even if notaries are unable to perform notarizations from these states, citizens these states are still very often to have their online legal docs recognized even if it was signed online by a notary across state borders. People who are looking to notarize documents or contracts should research their own state’s laws before using an online notary service.
For more information about Remote Online Notarization laws, please visit your local Secretary of State website.
The SECURE Notarization Act for ALL STATES?
Currently making its way through Senate after passing the House. It is expected to become law sometime in 2023 and would expand regulations on Remote Online Notarization services, setting up nationwide standard for them, and presumably let everybody in under the umbrella. It’s certainly not a hard sale to avoid some LA Traffic (our sympathies to current California Notaries)
Although this does not guarantee that Online Notarization is legalized in all states, there are rumblings and whispers of legalization coming in California, Georgia, and Massachusetts.
For more information about Remote Online Notarization laws, please visit your local Secretary of State website or stay up to date with the SECURE Notarization Act here by monitoring this blog 😉.
We hope this helps you answer your question about which states allow online notaries in 2022!
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