RON News

Read the latest news related to Remote Online Notarization (RON).

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.

March 31, 2020: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Provide Guidance on Remote Online Notarization and Other Issues Related to COVID-19.

March 31, 2020: Colorado Gov. Polis Authorizes Secretary of State to Promulgate Temporary Rules to Allow Remote Notarizations.

March 31, 2020: Arkansas Issues Executive Order to Allow Remote Notarizations.

March 30, 2020: Washington Issues Emergency Rules to Enable State RON Law.

March 30, 2020: Georgia Supreme Court Issues Order to Allow Attorneys to Oversee Closings Remotely.

March 30, 2020: Alabama Issues Emergency Order to Allow Remote Notarizations.

March 30, 2020: Vermont Issues Emergency Guidance to Enable RON in State. Note: Emergency guidance does not effect VT statute authorizing the Secretary of State to promulgate RON rules.

March 30, 2020: Louisiana Issues Emergency Order to Temporarily Allow Remote Notarizations.

March 30, 2020: Maryland Gov. Hogan Issues Emergency Guidance to Enable State RON Law.

March 27, 2020: Illinois Issues Executive Order to Allow RON Transactions.

March 27, 2020: Department of Housing and Urban Development Sends Letter to the Conference of State Bank Supervisors to Urge State Regulators to Allow RON Transactions.

March 26, 2020: Massachusetts Introduces Emergency Legislation to Allow RON. Note: The language of the bill is inconsistent with the RON standards of the real estate finance industry and there is a risk that the GSEs will not purchase a loan using these guidelines.

March 26, 2020: Pennslyvania Issues Order to Allow RON for Real Estate Transactions Started Prior to Disaster Declaration.

March 26, 2020: Maryland Issues Order to Allow Land Records to be Recorded Electronically.

March 25, 2020: Wyoming Issues Emergency Guidance to Temporarily Allow RON Transactions

March 25, 2020: Washington Issues Emergency Order to Enable RON (Effective 3/27).

March 24, 2020: Connecticut Gov. Lamont Issues Executive Order Allowing RON Transactions for 90-Days.

March 23, 2020: New Hampshire Gov. Sununu Issues Executive Order Temporarily Allowing RON Transactions.

March 22, 2020: Iowa Gov. Reynolds Issues Exectutive Order To Temporariliy Suspend Personally Appear Requirement for Notarizations to Allow RON Transactions.

March 19, 2020: New Jersey Fast Tracks RON Legislation (A3864) and Passes Both Houses.

March 19, 2020: New York Gov. Cuomo Issues Executive Order Temporarily Allowing RON Transactions.  NOTE: Minimum standards for real estate finance industry transactions are not required under this Executive Order, and MBA members are strongly encouraged to use vendors who perform RON transactions in a manner consistent with MISMO standards or their equivalent.

March 18, 2020: Wisconsin Issues Emergency Guidance to Enable RON Immediately.

March 3, 2020: Wisconsin Gov. Evers Signs AB-293.

November 12, 2019: Wisconsin RON legislation (AB-293) approved by Assembly. UPDATE: AB-293 approved by WI Senate, February 19, 2020.

September 9, 2019: MISMO Finalizes RON Standards.

July 29, 2019: National Mortgage News Article: MISMO Moves Needle on Remote Online Notarization (subscription required).

July 26, 2019: MBANewslink Article: MISMO Approves New Remote Online Notarization Standards.

July 25, 2019 MISMO Releases Revised RON Standards

June 7, 2019: Florida Governor signs RON legislation (HB-409) into law.

May 24, 2019: Nebraska Legislature approves RON bill (LB-186). UPDATE 6/3: Governor signs bill into law.

May 20, 2019: Proposed RON legislation (AB-4076A) in New York is amended to algin more closely with industry approach and the laws of other RON states.

May 13, 2019: Maryland enacts RON legislation (SB-678).

June 13, 2019: Wisconsin Legislature introduces RON legislation (AB293)

May 9, 2019: Oklahoma enacts RON legislation (SB915).

May 2, 2019: Florida Legislature passes RON legislation (HB-409).

April 30, 2019: Washington Enacts Ron Legislation (SB-5641) and RON legislation introduced in Alabama (SB-359).

April 29, 2019: Iowa Enacts RON legislation (SF-475).

April 12, 2019: Washington Legislature passed law to update RULONA to allow RON (SB-5641).

April 11, 2019: Tennessee adopts RON regulations.

April 8, 2019: Maryland Legislature passes RON Legislation (SB-678)

April 3, 2019: Arizona Legislature passes RON Legislation (SB-1030). UPDATE: Signed into law on April 10, 2019.

March 25, 2019: Utah enacts RON Legislation (SB-52)

March 25, 2019: Kentucky enacts RON Legislation (SB-114)

March 22, 2019: MBA sends support letter to Kentucky Governor in support of RON legislation.

March 21, 2019: Idaho enacts RON Legislation (SB-1111)

March 19, 2019: Montana enacts bill (HB-107) to update its RON law to conform with emerging national consensus.

March 18, 2019: South Dakota enacts RON Legislation (HB-1272)

March 11, 2019: North Dakota enacts RON legislation (HB-1110)

March 8, 2019: Legislation was recently introduced in IDIAKYMDMSNM, and SC (H3917 and S486)

February 27, 2019: MBA and Industry Coalition Letter Opposes Flawed New Mexico Remote Online Notarization Bill

February 19, 2019: MISMO® Seeks Public Comment on New Standards for Remote Online Notarizations

February 14, 2019: RON legislation introduced in Idaho SB-1111.

February 12, 2019: MBA letter to the Uniform Law Commission to support updates to Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) to include RON.

February 2019: Legislation introduced in AZ; MO (HB 495 & SB 140ND; NJ ( S 3147 &A4860); WAOK; HI (HB 77 & SB562); SD; FL (HB 409 & SB 548); CO (SB 19-084 & HB 19-1167); SCINNECAMANY; and UT. Several other states have bills in draft form and official public versions are expected soon.

December 12, 2018: RON legislation passes Ohio Legislature. SB263, the Notary Public Modernization Act, being sent to the Governor.

November 26, 2018: The Uniform Law Commission releases final RON updates to its Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA). To view, click here. To view the new ULC webpage to access the supporting documents for the new RON language, please click here.

October 5, 2018: The Uniform Law Commission's Drafting Committee to Revise RULONA releases for comment the amended draft updates to include RON.

September 28, 2018: Nevada Secretary of State proposes Temporary Regulations to implement 2017 RON statute and announces October 17, 2018 Workshop in Carson City to solicit public comment.

September 7, 2018: HousingWire article: Want your digital mortgage? Look to state notarization laws.

August 28, 2018: MBA's Newlink reports on William Kooper MBA Now video update on the RON campaign.

August 19, 2018: Texas Secretary of State issues final rules to implement Texas RON law.

July 31, 2018: U. S. Treasury Department report Nonbank Financials, Fintech, and Innovation recommends states pursue RON legislation and that Congress consider legislation to provide a minimum uniform national standard for electronic and RON notarizations (See page 109 of the Report).

July 25, 2018: Uniform Law Commission approves RON update to Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (view introduction memo here).

July 10, 2018: MBA, ALTA, Vermont MBA and New England Land Title Association write to Vermont Secretary of State to State to express concerns over RON rulemaking before Legislature considers certain core principles.

June 20, 2018: MBA's Kobie Pruitt delivers RON campaign update at MERS Boot Camp.

June 12, 2018: Michigan Legislature approves RON legislation, and sends bill to the Governor (Note: Signed by Governor 6/28/18).

June 1, 2018: MBA and ALTA Submit Joint Comments to the Texas Secretary of State on Proposed RON Regulation

May 22, 2018: Vermont Governor Signs RON Legislation; New Law Provides the Secretary of State Authority to Promulgate Rules (Notes: 1) See pages 37-39; and 2) Statute does not follow the contours of the MBA-ALTA Model)

May 16, 2018: Minnesota Legislature Completes Passage of RON Legislation (Note: Signed by Governor on 5/20/18)

May 7, 2018: Tennessee Legislature Send RON Legislation to Governor's Desk (Note: Signed by Governor on 5/15/18)

May 4, 2018: Texas Secretary of State Proposes RON Regulation for Comments

April 3, 2018: MBA Insights Article on RON: MBA, ALTA Partner on Model Online Notarization Legislation

March 22,  2018: MBA's Kobie Pruitt Provides a RON State Legislative Update

March 13, 2018: Indiana Governor Signs Remote Online Notarization Law

February 20, 2018: National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Approved Standards for RON

February 14, 2018: MBA-ALTA Letter to NASS Remote Notary Task Force in Support of Draft Remote Notarization Standards

January 18, 2018: MBA Newslink Article: MBA's William Kooper on a Unified Legislative Approach to Online Notarization

January 16, 2018: PRIA Position Statement on Electronic and Remote Notary

December 28, 2017: Nevada Secretary of State Notice of Meeting on Rules for AB 413

September 9, 2017: MISMO Seeks Input on Online Notary Standards

February 15, 2017: Press Release on ALTA Principles for Remote Online Notarization 

February 13, 2017: ALTA Letter to the National Association of Secretaries of State Regarding Remote Online Notarization

June 23, 2016: MBA Letter to the National Association of Secretaries of State Regarding Remote Online Notarization