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Executive Order

WA Governor's Proclamation 20-27 Regarding Notarial Acts (2020)

Notary Law Update: WA Governor's Proclamation 20-27 Regarding Notarial Acts (2020)

State: Washington


Washington Governor Inslee temporarily suspends the October 1, 2020, effective date for SB 5641 until April 26, 2020.

Signed:  March 24, 2020

Effective:  March 27, 2020

Chapter: N/A


The effective date for when Washington Notaries are legally authorized to perform notarial acts for remotely located individuals.

  1. Waives and suspends the effective date of Senate Bill (SB) 5641, An Act relating to electronic notarial acts by remotely located individuals, Chapter 154, Laws of 2019, and codified within RCW 42.45, and allows the effective date to take effect on March 27, 2020, until midnight on April 26, 2020.

Washington Governor Inslee has issued Amendatory Proclamation 20-27 regarding the delayed effective date of Senate Bill 5641, allowing notarial acts to be performed for remotely located individuals. The new law was supposed to take effect on October 1, 2020, but the Governor stated in his Proclamation that relief is necessary for coping with the COVID-19 State of Emergency under Proclamation 20-05.

The Governor said, "many professional services require the use of notary services for a variety of purposes that impact our vulnerable populations, including the need for advanced healthcare directives, wills, deeds of trust, durable powers of attorney for health care, irrevocable trusts or living trusts, real estate transfers, consents to travel documents for minors, adoptions, and affidavits of identity for a variety of purposes."

Under the emergency Proclamation, the new law is effective temporarily from March 27, 2020, through midnight of April 26, 2020.

Read the emergency proclamation.

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