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Guidance

NM Guidance on Video-Conference Notarizations

Notary Law Update: NM Guidance on Video-Conference Notarizations

State: New Mexico

Summary:

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver issued guidance for New Mexico Notaries implementing the Governor's recent executive order temporarily authorizing video-conference notarizations.

Signed:  March 30, 2020

Effective:  March 30, 2020

Chapter: N/A

Affects:

All New Mexico Notaries Public.

Changes:
  1. Defines "acknowledgment", "affirmation", "copy certification", "jurat", and "oath" consistent with the New Mexico Notary Public Act.
  2. Provides the conditions, as specified, under which Notaries Public will not be subject to sanctions when performing video-conference notarizations.
  3. Clarifies that although the Governor declared that Notaries performing notarial acts using audio-video technology will not be penalized for doing so, notarizing a document in this manner does not ensure that the notarization will be accepted by the office of the entity that requires it.
  4. Clarifies that complaints made against a Notary filed with the Secretary of State will still be recorded and forwarded to the Regulation and Licensing Division, and the Office of the Governor, for those agencies to record and respond.
Analysis:

In guidance issued to implement Governor Grisham's Executive Order 2020-015, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver clarifies matters related to notarizing documents under the Governor's Order.

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