How do documents get signed and notarized when the parties signing the documents are faced with stay-at-home orders? While both the federal Electronic Signatures In Global And National Commerce Act and state-enacted versions of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act authorize notaries to perform electronic notarizations, electronic notarization is different than remote online notarization (RON). Without a state law authorizing the use of RONs, state notary laws require the document signer to be physically present before the notary. In this Alert we address the status of federal and state laws authorizing RONs.
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