Remote online notarization (RON) is when documents are notarized in an electronic form where the signer uses an electronic signature and appears before the notary using online audio-video technology. Simply put, you can connect with a notary anywhere, anytime, without physically needing to meet them.
To help promote social distancing, many states issued emergency orders to allow for the temporary use of remote online notarization during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of January 22, 2021 the majority of U.S. states have enacted laws that permanently allow for the use of RON technology by every certified notary in the state, provided that adequate safety and cybersecurity measures are met.
In November 2018, NAR passed policy supporting this legislation as a means to help facilitate the move towards a totally electronic home closing.
Chart: State Remote and Electronic Notarization Laws (PDF: 496KB)
Draft Legislation: Mortgage Bankers Association – American Land Title Association (PDF: 1MB)
Issue Webinar: Remote Online Notarization (March 31, 2021)