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Michigan Passes Remote Online Notarization Bill

We’re excited to announce that Michigan just passed a remote online notarization bill through both chambers of the Michigan Legislature. The bill is headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk to be signed into law.

Like the laws passed in other states, Michigan HB 5811 empowers Michigan notaries to conduct notarizations online for citizens of all 50 states, regardless of where they’re located at the time of the signing – at home or abroad.

This comes on the heels of Minnesota and Vermont passing online notarization bills just last month. And Tennessee, Indiana, Texas and Nevada all passed similar laws earlier this year.

We are midway through 2018, and it's already been an incredible year for online notary legislation. It’s rare that concepts ever gain sufficient momentum to affect state policy.

Just last May, we celebrated our successful efforts to pass legislation in Texas and Nevada. This year’s momentum has proven those efforts to be a watershed moment and we’re proud of our work to reach consensus, create a strong model bill that serves consumers and industry alike, and advocate across the country to bring the notarial practice into the modern era. 

Notarize has a rich history in Michigan. Just last year, we completed the country’s first ever online mortgage closing in partnership with Michigan-based United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM). They’ve become the country’s largest wholesale lender by empowering mortgage brokers across the country with new technologies.

Together, we are the first companies to offer an entirely automated online mortgage experience from application through closing. Fast forward to today, we’re now closing loans for borrowers in more than 20 states. Michigan has a rich history of technology innovation and we’re proud to play our part.

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As we’ve said when other states have passed legislation, we’re thrilled to allow Michigan notaries onto our platform and will open operations as soon as the legislation goes into effect.

It’s clear the country is racing toward online notarizations and online mortgage closings. With thousands of 5-star reviews, more than 3,000 businesses on our platform, and the support from some of the most important companies in America, we see remarkable customer stories every day. But, we aren’t resting on our laurels. We’re committed to providing the best customer experience and industry-leading technology to those who enter the digital age.

As a tiny startup three years ago, we made a bold bet that we could convince the mortgage and title industries, notaries, regulators and legislators to change everything. It’s remarkable to step back and to realize how much has been accomplished.

We can't wait to open shop in Michigan!

The Complete Guide to Remote Online Notarization

You have notarization questions, we have notarization answers. While we at Notarize pride ourselves on providing helpful resources (like this blog!) to demystify notarization, we’re not lawyers and don’t give legal advice. Pro tip: always check with your own attorneys, advisors, or document recipients if you have further questions about notarization or digitally notarized docs.

Turning Every County into an E-Recording County: What You Need to Know About “Papering Out” and Recording Electronic Records

The entire real estate industry has seen a massive shift in excitement as it moves towards a world of remote online notarizations and fully online real estate closings. Thousands of homes have already been bought and sold online with the help of progressive underwriters and counties that are accepting electronic-recording, or eRecordings.

Until recently, you could only complete an end-to-end digital closing if your property was in an eRecording county. But as of January 1, 2020, a total of 10 states now have laws that allow recording entities, at their option, to record a true and complete paper printout of an electronic document.

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