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.
If you’re looking to get a document notarized...
It’s important to remember that the laws and regulations of online notarization are mostly directed solely at remote notaries and not the person getting the document notarized. If you are a customer living in a state that does not allow remote notarization, or one does not have an emergency executive order for COVID-19 in effect, you may still be able to get your documents notarized online.
In simple terms, if remote online notary is not allowed in your state, that just means if you're a notary in that state you can't be an online notary. Meanwhile, most documents don't actually require that they be notarized in the actual state the document is from.
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
- New Jersey
- North Dakota
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 bills have been introduced
- South Carolina
- New York
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.
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
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
Last Updated: 07/07/21
Updated Date: 09/21/2021