DC B16-0173

Law

State: Washington DC
Signed: July 14, 2005

Effective: October 18, 2005
Chapter: Act No. 16-0025

Summary

The District of Columbia enacts the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA).

Affects

Creates as yet uncodified new sections in the District of Columbia Code.

Changes
  1. Enacts the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA).
  2. Clarifies that the electronic signature of a Notary or notarial officer on a document presented for recording meets satisfies any law requiring a document or a signature associated with a document to be notarized.
  3. Permits a Notary to use an electronic signature to notarize an electronic real property document without affixing an image of the Notary’s official physical seal.
Analysis

The District of Columbia has enacted the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act. The Act contains the stock notarization provision, permitting a Notary to use an electronic signature in notarizing any electronic real property document submitted for recording electronically with a recorder of deeds. In performing an electronic notarial act, a Notary is not required to place an image of a Notary seal on the electronic document as long as the information within the seal is placed on the document.

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