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VA Senate Bill 448

Notary Law Update: VA Senate Bill 448

State: Virginia

Summary:

Virginia Senate Bill 448 reenacts the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA) after having been enacted last year.

Signed:  April 05, 2006

Effective:  July 01, 2006

Chapter: 745

Affects:

Amends the Code of Virginia by adding in Article 7 of Chapter 6 of Title 55 sections numbered 55-142.10, 55-142.11, 55-142.12, 55-142.14, and 55-142.15.

Changes:
  1. Reenacts the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA).
  2. Defines “electronic notarization” as an official act by a Notary in accordance with the Virginia Notary Act and Section 55-118.3 of the Code of Virginia with respect to an electronic document and authorizes Virginia Notaries to electronically notarize real property documents to be submitted to a circuit court for recording without affixing a physical or electronic image of an official seal. (Note: Virginia does not have a formal seal requirement.)
  3. Tasks the Virginia Information Technologies Agency with the responsibility of creating technical standards for implementing the Act.
Analysis:

Virginia was the first state to enact the URPERA last year, with the proviso that the Act be reenacted the following year. Senate Bill 448 improves upon last year’s version of the URPERA and the original uniform act published by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws by adding a definition of electronic notarization and amendments to the notarization section to make it clearer that Notaries are authorized to perform electronic notarial acts on electronic real property documents.

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