Remote Online Notarization

Current State Laws and Regulations

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2019 Legislative Update on RON with Kobe Pruitt from 1/16/19
2018 Progress Report on RON with William Kooper from 1/16/18

MBA and ALTA’s Launch of Remote Online Notarization (RON) Campaign with William Kooper from 8/27/18
Uniform Law Commission (ULC) Resources
National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Resources

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and the American Land Title Association (ALTA) have collaborated to prepare model legislation that would provide the framework for any state to adopt an remote online notarization process. This model legislation was developed with input from an ad-hoc task force of MBA and ALTA members and was also exposed for comment to MBA's Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Committee, MBA's State Legislative and Regulatory Committee and also ALTA committees. Additionally, key policy makers and other independent groups provided input. Both MBA and ALTA are working with their member companies and state and local association partners to advocate for the provisions of this model.

Remote Online Notarization State Surveys

Find the most comprehensive analysis of state requirements for Remote Online Notarization (RON). MBA Education's Compliance Essentials program has partnered with legal experts at DLA Piper, LLP to produce these surveys. The number of states available continues to grow as legislation is enacted to keep you current and competitive during these trying times. Guides are available for individual purchase or for as many states as you may need. Purchase this fully editable survey, delivered digitally, to gain a thorough understanding of individual state requirements and key issues.

Inside you will find:

  • State's laws organized into nine key topics and requirements
  • Guide for using the RON State Surveys and key points every lender needs to know
  • Matrix of RON Requirements by State with 40 rows of state-specific information for all available states (available only with purchase of full package)
Purchase Remote Online Notarization State Surveys

William Kooper Discusses Remote Online Notarization

MBA’s William Kooper provides an update on the industry's progress in the Remote Online Notarization enactment campaign, and discusses consistency of RON laws among states.

RON Progress

Remote Online Notarization, or RON, is the use of audio/visual technology to complete a notarial act when the principal is not in the same physical location as the notary public. Getting consistent state laws passed in all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico is a critical step in moving to a fully digital mortgage experience.  That is why MBA partnered during 2017 with the American Land Title Association to begin a campaign to create a model bill for introduction and passage in every legislature.  That campaign has been very successful, and MBA is proud to point out that:

  • Over 25 RON bills have been introduced in more than 15 state legislatures during 2020;
  • Twenty-nine states have enacted RON legislation;
  • In 2020, MBA released a model exetutive order for state leaders to safely enable remote notarization during the COVID-19 pandemic and,
  • MBA continues to work with state partners to advocate for legislation consistent with the MBA-ALTA model.

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Read the latest news related to Remote Online Notarization

  • September 15, 2020: Hawaii Enacts Legislation to Enable RON.
  • August 25, 2020: MISMO Annouces Four Providers have Received RON Compliance Certifications
  • June 30, 2020: Oregon Passes Legislation to Temporarily Allow RON
  • June 26, 2020: Colorado Gov. Polis Signs Legislation to Enable RON in State
  • April 30, 2020: Alaska Gov. Dunleavy Signs RON Bill into Law
  • April 23, 2020: Massachusetts Governor Signs Legislation to Temporarily Allow Remote Notarizations.
  • April 20, 2020: Pennsylvania Enacts COVID-19 Legislation to Allow RON. 
  • April 20, 2020: New Jersey Gov. Murphy Signs Legislation to Allow Remote Notarizations during COVID-19 Health Crisis.
  • April 16, 2020: Fannie Mae Issues Guidance on "Remote-Ink Notariations" (RIN) that are Authorized through Emergency Order.
  • April 14, 2020: Mississippi Issues Emergency Rule to Allow Remote Notarizations.
  • April 9, 2020: Michigan Issues Emergency Rules to Allow RON.
  • April 9, 2020: Maine Issues Emergency Order to Enable Remote Notarizations.
  • April 8, 2020: Rhode Island Issues Emergency Order to Allow RON Transactions Temporarily.
  • April 6, 2020: Indiana Waives July 1 Effective Date of RON Law to Allow RON Transactions Immediately.
  • April 6, 2020: New Mexico Issues Emergency Order to Allow Remote Notarizations.
  • April 6, 2020: Hawaii Issues Emergency Order to Suspend In-Person Requirements for Notarial Acts.
  • April 1, 2020: Georgia Issues Emergency Order to Allow Remote Notarizations.
  • April 1, 2020: West Virginia Secretary of State Issues Emergency Orderto Allow Remote Notarizations.
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