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WA Administrative Rule (eNotarization 2014)

Notary Law Update: WA Administrative Rule (eNotarization 2014)

State: Washington

Summary:

An amendment to administrative rules to implement the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act clarifies that an electronic notarization may be performed by a Washington Notary Public or any person authorized by the laws of another jurisdiction outside the state of Washington.

Signed:  May 28, 2014

Effective:  June 29, 2014

Chapter: N/A

Affects:

Amends Sections 434-661-020 and 434-661-030 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC)

Changes:
  1. Clarifies that “electronic notarization” does not solely require a person to be appointed by the Washington state department of licensing.
  2. Clarifies that an electronic notarization of a real property record under the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA) must be performed by a Washington Notary or a person authorized by the laws of another jurisdiction outside the state of Washington.
  3. Makes a technical non-substantive change.
Analysis:

In 2008, Washington enacted the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA), allowing recorders to electronically record real property records in electronic format. In 2013, Washington published rules to implement the URPERA. These rules became effective February 14, 2013. Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA). An amendment to these administrative rules to implement the URPERA clarifies that an electronic notarization may be performed by a Washington Notary Public or any person authorized by the laws of another jurisdiction outside the state of Washington.

Read the text of the administrative rule.

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