Does My State Allow Remote Online Notarization?
By NotaryLive Staff
Published on 07/13/2021
As the list of states where Remote Online Notarization (RON) is legal continues to grow, many people across the U.S. are wondering, “Does my state allow remote online notarization?” While RON allows for an incredibly fast, convenient, and secure notarization experience, some states have been slow to adopt it permanently.
Remote online notary laws are mostly new, and rapidly evolving - and with that, brings a lot of confusion. This article refers to laws that are specific to the notary, and not other participants or signers. To learn more on the difference between remote online notary laws that pertain to the notary vs the other participants, click here.
Interestingly enough, there is a push to make remote online notarization federally legal through the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic (SECURE) Notarization Act. You can click here to learn more about the bill. The passage of this bill would alleviate some confusion, and most importantly, provide all notaries across the US to safe, convenient and efficient access to RON capabilities.
If you’re looking to become a remote online notary...
If you’re looking to become a remote online notary and you’re wondering whether it is legal in your state, we’ve compiled a helpful list to help you break down whether you are allowed to operate as an online notary in your state:
States where Remote Online Notary is fully legal to Notaries
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
States where Remote Online Notary is legal with limitations
- South Dakota - SD House Bill 1272 allows for some use of video and audio technology but requires several conditions that limit their ability to perform a fully remote online notarization, most notably: “(a) The notarial officer must have personal knowledge of the person; (b) The notarial officer must affix the officer’s signature to the original tangible document executed by the person.” In short, this means that the notary can be performed remotely as long as it is signed in ink which is not the case with a true Remote Online Notarization. It would be better described as a remote ink-signing notarization.
States where Remote Online Notary is not legal or states that only temporarily allowed it
Note: Just because RON is not considered permanently legal in these states does not mean that they are not currently legal temporarily (due to COVID-19) or that no permanent bill will be introduced soon. If you would like to push for Remote Online Notarization in your state, you can contact your local representative.
If you'd like to register to become a Remote Online Notary, fill out our Notary Registration Form or read this article for more information: https://notarylive.com/blog/how-to-become-a-remote-online-notary
Interested in learning more about Notarizing Documents Online? Here are some other helpful articles:
- What Is Online Notarization?
- What are the benefits of notarizing online?
- Does My State Allow Remote Online Notarization?
- What businesses could benefit the most from online notary services?
- What Makes Remote Online Notarization (RON) Easier Than UPS & USPS?
Last Updated: 07/07/21
Updated Date: 02/07/2023