RON States

Below is an excerpt from the National Notary Association's Remote Notarization: What You Need To Know, Michael Lewis, June 27, 2018, updated on June 16, 2021. For the full article, click here.

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

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