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OK Senate Bill 42

Notary Law Update: OK Senate Bill 42

State: Oklahoma

Summary:

Senate Bill 42 permits electronic documents, signatures and notarizations for documents filed with the Oklahoma Office of Administrative Hearings.

Signed:  April 24, 2007

Effective:  November 01, 2007

Chapter: 49

Affects:

Creates a new section to Oklahoma Statutes as Title 56 Section 237.9A and B

Changes:
  1. Permits the Oklahoma Office of Administrative Hearings to accept electronic filing of instruments signed and notarized with an electronic signature if safeguards are put in place to protect such transactions from fraud.
  2. Tasks the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services with promulgating rules to implement the new law.
Analysis:

In a bill enacted to assist persons with low incomes, SB 42 permits electronic documents, signatures and notarizations for documents filed with the Oklahoma Office of Administrative Hearings. The new law cites the Oklahoma Uniform Electronic Transactions Act section on notarization as the legal basis for electronic notarization, but goes beyond the UETA provision by emphasizing that these electronic transactions must be performed in a secure manner. In issuing rules to govern these e-transactions, we can hope the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services will include security measures such as are espoused in the National E-Notarization Standards published by the National Association of Secretaries of State.

Read the bill text.

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