What states allow remote notarization?
Currently, more than 30 states have passed remote notarization laws. Out of those states, 33 have laws that are in effect as of May 2021.
Also, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several states that have not fully implemented RON or with pending legislation have issued special orders authorizing Notaries to perform remote notarizations early due to the emergency (See below).
Arizona, fully implemented
Colorado, fully implemented
Florida, fully implemented (Additional COVID-19 emergency rules in place, see "COVID-19 UPDATE" above)
Idaho, fully implemented
Indiana, fully implemented
Iowa, fully implemented
Kentucky, fully implemented
Maryland, fully implemented
Michigan, fully implemented
Minnesota, fully implemented
Missouri, fully implemented
Montana, fully implemented
Nebraska, fully implemented
Nevada, fully implemented
North Dakota, fully implemented (see below for more details)
Ohio, fully implemented
Oklahoma, fully implemented
Pennsylvania, fully implemented
South Dakota, fully implemented but with limitations (see below)
Tennessee, fully implemented
Texas, fully implemented (Additional emergency ID rules for Notaries currently in place, see "COVID-19 UPDATE" above)
Utah, fully implemented
Vermont, (special situation due to COVID-19, see below)
Virginia, fully implemented
Washington, fully implemented
Wisconsin, fully implemented early due to COVID-19 crisis.
Effective October 1, 2019, Montana Notaries are permitted to perform remote notarizations for signers outside the state.
Vermont's online notarization laws took effect July 1, 2019. However, the effective date was deferred until the Secretary of State adopts rules to implement it. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SOS temporarily authorized RONs for 180 days. Remote notarizations were permitted in Vermont from March 25, 2020, through September 21, 2020.
South Dakota currently limits remote notarizations to paper documents only and signers for remote notarizations may only be identified through the Notary's personal knowledge.
North Dakota's webcam notarization law took effect August 1, 2019. North Dakota issued guidance for remote notarization in March 2020.
Will other states permit remote notarizations in the near future?
States that have enacted remote notarization laws that have not taken effect yet include:
Alaska, effective January 1, 2021
Hawaii, effective January 1, 2021
Kansas, effective January 1, 2021
New Mexico, effective January 1, 2021
Louisiana, effective February 1, 2022
Missouri, effective February 28, 2021
Arkansas, effective April 29, 2021
West Virginia, effective June 17, 2021
Alabama, effective July 1, 2021
Wyoming, effective July 1, 2021