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Andrew Macdougall

Andrew Macdougall

Andrew is a journalist and content marketing manager at Notarize.

Washington Adopts Remote Online Notarization

Just four months into 2019, Washington has become the ninth state this year to pass a remote online notarization bill.

Senate Bill 5641, which now heads to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk for his signature, will bring the benefits of RON to an additional 74,000 notaries beginning October 1, 2020.

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Everything You Need to Know About eNotes

More than 95% of first-time homebuyers search for a home online, but less than one percent close on their home digitally. As the demand for simplicity and convenience grows, homebuyers will drive the adoption of electronic closings, but what does that mean for the industry as a whole?

The truth is: an eMortgage is nothing more than what you do today, just digitally.

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Maryland Passes Remote Online Notarization Bill

Eight states have passed remote online notarization bills in 2019, equaling the total amount passed in the last three years combined. There’s no question where at an unprecedented moment in history, where the adoption of policy related to RON is one of the fastest we’ve ever seen in technology.

Today, we’re excited to share that Maryland is the latest state to receive support for its remote online notarization bill, Senate Bill 678, which now heads to Governor Larry Hogan desk for his signature. 

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Arizona Becomes 7th State to Pass Remote Online Notarization Bill in 2019

More than two dozen states have introduced remote online notarization legislation in 2019, driving adoption for technology that makes the notarial act safer, simpler, and more secure.

Today, we’re proud to announce that Arizona Senate Bill 1030 received unanimous support from its state legislature. The bill now heads to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk for his signature.

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South Dakota Adopts Remote Online Notarization

Remote online notarization is more than just a modern convenience for businesses and the general public. It has the potential to provide more than four million notaries nationwide with a safer, simpler, more certain way to serve life’s most important transactions.

South Dakota is the latest to join the RON movement. Governor Kristi Noem signed House Bill 1272 into law this week, granting her state’s 18,000 notaries the ability to serve the public through remote online notarizations.

The law will go into effect July 1, 2019.

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Montana Revises Remote Online Notarization Laws to Match National Model

Four years ago, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 306 into law, making his state only the second to adopt remote online notarization after Virginia in 2011.

Much has changed in four years, but Montana’s commitment to the RON movement appears as strong as ever. Yesterday, the Montana Legislature unanimously approved House Bill 370 to revise the state’s RON laws to align with the national model.

The bill now heads to Bullock’s desk for his signature.

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Idaho Becomes 5th State to Pass Remote Online Notarization Bill in 2019

Though it’s some 2,000 miles away from our Boston headquarters, Idaho holds a special place in the heart of Notarize. It’s where our founder and CEO Pat Kinsel came up with the idea for the company just months after breaking his leg in a skiing accident.

And this week, Idaho became the latest state to adopt RON as Governor Brad Little signed Senate Bill 1111 into law. SB 1111 is the fifth RON-related bill this year, and equips its 25,000 notaries with the ability to perform remote online notarizations. 

The law will go into effect January 1, 2020.

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Kentucky Passes Remote Online Notarization Bill

More than four million notaries across the country are seeking ways to transform their business with new technology to serve life’s most important transactions.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has officially signed Senate Bill 114 into law, granting the state's 80,000 notaries the ability to perform remote online notarizations. The bill is the fourth RON bill to be enacted in 2019, following bills in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Idaho.

The law will go into effect January 1, 2020.

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North Dakota Enacts Remote Online Notarization

Remote online notarizations are accepted nationwide, and people are using this service across the globe. As part of an effort to give notaries the tools to meet consumer demand, states are passing laws that allow their notaries to serve local markets as commissioned online notaries.

This year, more than 20 states have introduced this legislation. Today, we're excited to announce that North Dakota is the first state to enact RON legislation in 2019 with the signing of House Bill 1110 by Governor Doug Burgum.

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Book Launch: The Complete Guide to Remote Online Notarization

Have you ever wondered if you could buy a home on an iPad from the Grand Canyon? How about notarizing a document from the Amazon Rain Forest? Thanks to remote online notarization (RON), you can notarize a document from anywhere in the world, using your computer or mobile device. 

Hundreds of thousands of people are using this technology, and it's sweeping the nation to enable businesses to move faster, and to help notaries deliver service at scale, and online. 

That's why we're excited to launch the official book on remote online notarization, called, The Complete Guide to Remote Online Notarization. This book explains RON and its impact, its use cases, why it’s more secure and accessible than the traditional notarial processes, and how it’s forever transforming some of the largest sectors of the American economy.

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