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States That Allow Temporary Remote Notarization

There are 19 states with temporary remote online notarization laws. Of those states, 12 have given Notaries with an active commission immediate authorization to start performing notarial acts remotely. Those states are Alabama, Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina and West Virginia. District of Columbia also authorizes its Notaries to perform remote notarizations without additional requirements.

Missouri's temporary remote notarization order expired on August 28, 2020, and has not been renewed at this time. In its place is a new law, allowing Notaries with an active commission to become MO remote online Notaries.

New York's executive order allowing remote notarizations has been extended to December 3, 2020. If Governor Cuomo issues a new executive order extending remote notarizations after this date, we will update this information.

The following states require Notaries to meet specific qualifications or complete a registration process before they use videoconferencing software to perform notarial acts: Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Oregon, Rhode Island and Wyoming.

Temporary State RON Instructions

Select your state to learn how you can become authorized to perform RONs

States That Do Not Allow Remote Online Notarizations

California and New York do not allow any form of remote online notarization at this time, and South Carolina remains silent on the issue.

How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Arkansas

Arkansas only allows Notaries who meet specific qualifications to perform remote ink-signed notarizations. To become an AR remote Notary, you must either:

  • Be an attorney licensed to practice law in Arkansas
  • Be a licensed Arkansas title agent
  • Be a Notary who is supervised by a licensed AR attorney or licensed AR title agent
  • Be a Notary who is employed by a financial institution registered with the Arkansas State Bank Department

How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Delaware

Delaware only allows Notaries who are licensed attorneys in good standing with the Supreme Court of Delaware to perform notarizations using audio-video technology.

How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Georgia

In Georgia, only Notaries who are licensed attorneys are able to notarize documents remotely. Effective March 31, 2020, if you're a GA Notary who is also an attorney, you're only permitted to perform notarizations for real estate documents at this time.

How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Illinois

Illinois Notaries can perform remote notarizations for signers within the state. The only requirement to become an IL remote Notary is to review the Illinois Notary Public Act, 5 ILCS 312 and the Illinois Notary Public Handbook before performing notarial acts remotely.

How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Oregon

Effective June 30, 2020, Oregon Notaries can apply to perform remote online notarizations until July 2021. If you want to become an OR remote Notary, take the following steps:

  1. Complete the state-required RON course online.
  2. Complete the Remote Online Notarization Notice form.
  3. Contract with a RON technology provider and get an electronic stamp and signature.
  4. Submit the form and a copy of your electronic stamp and signature to program-services.sos@oregon.gov.
  5. Wait for an acknowledgment that will either approve or reject your request.
  6. Once you receive approval, you can begin performing remote notarizations.

How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Rhode Island

As of April 3, 2020, Rhode Island Notaries can register to perform remote online notarizations. Complete the following steps if you want to become an RI remote Notary:

  1. Hold an existing commission as a traditional Notary Public.
  2. Read the Guidance on Temporary Remote Online Notarization.
  3. Contract with a state-approved RON technology provider. Make sure to get an electronic signature and electronic Notary stamp compatible with their system.
  4. Complete the training provided by your chosen RON vendor.
  5. Complete the Notary Public Information Update form and submit it to notaries@sos.ri.gov.

How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Wyoming

Effective March 24, 2020, Wyoming Notaries can apply to perform remote online notarizations. If you want to become a WY remote Notary, complete the following steps:

  1. Choose an approved RON technology provider.
  2. Complete the training provided by your chosen vendor.
  3. Complete the Notice of Intent to Perform Temporary RON in WY form.
  4. Submit the form to the Secretary of State.
  5. Start performing remote online notarizations.

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