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States Allowing Online Remote Notarization Due to COVID-19 Response


Following the swift response to the pandemic, several states have let notaries perform remotely in the interest of safeguarding the safety and health of both notaries and their clients. Notaries are now able to carry out their duties using telecommunication methods rather than physically being in the presence of their customers. Traditional, electronic, and online notaries are all instructed to keep detailed journals of their notarial acts during this transition period.

Numerous states have passed legislation allowing remote notarization with some states pending legislation. These states have currently suspended the in-person requirement, replacing it with telecommunication strategies in order to keep the process moving. The following states have remote notarization orders:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

The following states already have online notarization laws:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (effective July 2020)
  • Iowa (effective July 2020)
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland (effective October 2020)
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska (effective July 2020)
  • New Jersey
  • Nevada
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Vermont
  • Washington (effective October 2020)
  • Wisconsin

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