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Authorize Audio-video Communication Notarial Acts

Concerning an authorization for notaries public to perform notarial acts using audio-video communication, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2018 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development

Current law requires an individual who wishes to have a document notarized to appear personally before the notary public. The bill authorizes notaries public to perform a notarial act on behalf of an individual who is not in the notary's physical presence, but only with respect to an electronic document.

To perform a 'remote notarization', a notary must use a tamper-evident electronic system that conforms to standards established by rules of the secretary of state, including using real-time audio-video communications and keeping an audio-video recording of the notarization for at least 10 years. The bill establishes the standards that a notary must comply with to have satisfactory evidence of the identity of the person seeking the remote notarization. A notary is prohibited from using information collected during a remote notarization other than as allowed by applicable federal or state law.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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