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NC House Bill 196

Notary Law Update: NC House Bill 196

State: North Carolina

Summary:
House Bill 196 extends until December 31 the temporary remote ink signed notarization laws previously enacted by Senate Bill 704 and extended by House Bill 1023 last year.

Signed:  March 11, 2021

Effective:  March 11, 2021

Chapter: Session law 2021-3

Affects:
Amends Section 10B-25 of the North Carolina General Statutes.

Changes:
  1. Extends until 12:01 a.m. on December 31, 2021, the temporary remote notarization provisions that were enacted and extended last year after the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.
Analysis:
In May of last year, Senate Bill 704 was signed into law. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it temporarily authorized Notaries to perform remote notarizations. It also gave Notaries whose commissions were granted after March 9, 2020, 90 days to take the oath of office before the register of deeds. House Bill 1023 extended these provisions until March 1, 2021. Now, House Bill 196 extends the temporary remote notarization provisions only until 12:01 a.m. on December 31, 2021.

Read the bill text.

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