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Executive Order

AZ Executive Order 2020-26

Notary Law Update: AZ Executive Order 2020-26

State: Arizona

Summary:

Arizona Governor Ducey issued an executive order moving up the effective date of Arizona's remote online notarization laws to April 10, 2020.

Signed:  April 08, 2020

Effective:  April 10, 2020

Chapter: N/A

Affects:

All Arizona Notaries Public.

Changes:
  1. Provides that effective Friday, April 10, 2020, remote online notarization may be used for notarial acts as valid witness to the execution of documents, if the procedures outlined in A.R.S. 41-371 through 41-380 and rules adopted by the Secretary of State are followed.
  2. Provides that the rules (Arizona Administrative Code, Title 2. Administration; Chapter 12. Office of the Secretary of State, Article 13. Remote Online Notarization) adopted by the Secretary of State must be followed to ensure a secure identity verification process is used through online audio-video technology and allow the Notary and signer to converse in real-time as the signatures and tamper-proof seals are placed on the electronic document.
  3. Requires all records of the notarization to be saved and backed up by the Notary in accordance with the law.
  4. Provides that the executive order will remain in place until the remote online notarization law enacted last year takes effect on July l, 2020.
Analysis:

Arizona Governor Ducey through Executive Order 2020-26 effectively bumps up the effective date of Senate Bill 1030, Arizona’s remote online notarization bill, that was scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2020. This approach mirrors states such as Iowa, Washington and Wisconsin that had passed remote online notarization statutes with future effective dates. This executive order requires remote online notarizations to be performed in conformance with Senate Bill 1030 and Arizona’s remote online notarization rules, which were published on March 27, 2020.

Read the executive order.

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