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Executive Order

WV Executive Orders

Notary Law Update: WV Executive Orders

State: West Virginia


West Virginia Governor Justice issues an executive order temporarily suspending the personal appearance rule for notarizations during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Signed:  March 26, 2020

Effective:  March 26, 2020

Chapter: N/A


All West Virginia Notaries Public.

  1. Temporarily suspends W. Va. Code Section 39-4-6 requiring the personal appearance of an individual for a notarial act that relates to a statement made in or a signature executed on a record.

In one of the shortest executive orders issued by a state governor to date during the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice temporarily suspends the personal appearance requirement for most notarizations. It applies specifically to notarial acts in which an individual makes a statement in or executes a signature on a record (document or electronic record). That is the extent of the suspension. It applies only for the duration of the state of emergency.

Read Executive Order 11-20

On April 19, 2021, Governor Justice issued Executive Order 12-21, clarifying that Executive Order 11-20 will remain in effect until terminated by subsequent executive order. 

West Virginia Senate Bill 469 became effective on June 17, 2021, enacting permanent remote online and ink signed notarizations.

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