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New Jersey’s New Temporary Remote Notary Law: What You Need to Know


On April 14, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey passed a new law for notaries public and persons authorized to take oaths are allowed to continue their usual duties remotely. This law will be held for the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This novel legislation is a slice of a number of bills created to help notaries cope with the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak. With residents participating in social distancing and employees operating out of their homes, the state now permits affirmations, oaths, and affidavits to be taken without jeopardizing the participant’s health. Even other notarial acts like executing protests for non-payments, taking a proof of deed, and executing jurats will now be carried out using telecommunication.

However, it is important to note the new law does not permit every type of notarial situation. For instance, acts in the Uniform Commercial Code, other than for Sections 1-107 and 1-206, Article 2 and 2A are not allowed to be completed remotely. This also includes documents otherwise managed by “regulation, statute or other rule” in family laws but not limited to divorce and adoption.

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