Current law requires an individual who wishes to have a document notarized to appear personally before a notary public. The bill authorizes a notary 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 an electronic system that conforms to standards established by rules of the secretary of state, including using real-time audio-video communication. The bill establishes the standards that a notary must comply with to have satisfactory evidence of the identity of the individual seeking the remote notarization.
The bill also prohibits the use or sale of personal information of a remotely located individual by a remote notary and the provider of a remote notarization system except in specific, limited circumstances.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)