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Maine Becomes Latest State To Pass Remote Online Notarization Law

Joining 38 other states who have passed remote online notarization legislation, this is what the law means and how it impacts notaries in Maine.
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April 22, 2022
1 min

The momentum for remote online notarization continues in Maine. The Pine Tree State is now the 39th state to pass legislation on remote online notarization. On April 21, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed LD 2023, which, once effective, will make online notarization available to the state's notaries.

Notarize applauds and thanks Governor Mills, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows and the Maine State Legislature for their efforts to deliver online notarization to commissioned notaries throughout the state. 

Maine's RON law will become effective on July 1, 2023. Like other states, Maine's Secretary of State is permitted to establish new regulations and processes for notaries. Please refer to the Department of the Secretary of State's website for more information over the next year.

“It has been great working with our legislative partners, stakeholders, and corporate partners that have expertise in remote online notarization, to bring this technology solution to the state of Maine,” said Secretary of State Shenna Bellows. “This is a huge step forward for Maine businesses and consumers alike, and I look forward to collaborating with diverse stakeholders to implement this new law.”

Online notarization allows notaries to expand their services outside of just the areas they call home. This new law means that notaries in Maine will be able to serve residents that live across the state, especially those in rural communities. Increased access to notarial services for residents throughout Maine means that Mainers will have reliable access to a notary during life's most important moments whenever they happen and wherever they may be. Residents can access these services from a computer, tablet, and even a smartphone. Anyone with a strong cellular signal or a reliable internet connection can connect to a notary.

Notarize continues to work with lawmakers and regulators across the country to help increase access to online notarization. We are proud to have a team that is readily available to partner with governments everywhere and look forward to continuing this work to bring online notarization to all 50 states.

If you have additional questions or would like to get in touch with us, please contact Notarize Public Affairs: publicaffairs@notarize.com.

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