Remote Online Notary (RON) Update
The biggest change that has occurred in the notary business is the requirement for the signer to personally appear before the Notary at the time of the notarization. Until recently that requirement meant that the signer had to be in the physical presence of the Notary so they could communicate directly, face to face with each other.
With Remote Online Notarization (RON), states have broadened that definition. Now, that face-to-face contact can be satisfied online using audiovisual technology such as a webcam. The signer can be in another town, another state or even another country.
For signers, there are no restrictions on where they can be. A signer literally can be anywhere in the world and still get their document notarized remotely. A Notary, however, must be physically located in the state where they are commissioned.
Remote online notarization is not permitted in all U.S. jurisdictions. Twenty-two states have enacted remote online notary legislation and over 30 RON bills were introduced in more than 20 states in 2019.
As of January 1, 2020, four states that have enacted remote notary laws have put them into effect and five more will be up and running by October 1. By the end of 2020, there will be 36 states that have enacted e-notary, remote notary or both.
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