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SB20-096

Remote Notaries Protect Privacy

Concerning an authorization for notaries public to perform notarial acts using audio-video communication, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2020 Regular Session
Subject:
State Government
Bill Summary

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.

The bill takes effect on January 1, 2022.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

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