GBREB and MAR are urging legislators to consider a more permanent online notarization law. In 2020, in response to the pandemic, Massachusetts temporarily allowed electronic notary services.
Under the Act the notary, the client, as well as any participating witnesses, must be physically located in Massachusetts at the time of the videoconference and must sign the documents by hand in ink.
Several states have fully authorized remote online notarization which permits notarization by video using a third-party technology platform. Many of you may be familiar with the proposed Federal Secure Notarization law which NAR supports.
It sets the floor—not the ceiling—for use of remote online notarization and does not prevent states from passing their own laws or setting their own regulations. If lawmakers are unable to reach an agreement on how to modernize the process before the Act expires June 15, they will likely extend it for a few months to give all the parties time to reach a compromise.
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