Missouri and Hawaii Pass Remote Online Notarization Bills
Remote online notarization (RON) has become an essential service during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, allowing thousands of notaries and millions of their customers to conduct business as usual while prioritizing their health and safety.
It's in that spirit of "access for all" that we're excited to share that Missouri and Hawaii recently became the 28th and 29th states, respectively, to pass RON legislation.
In total, seven states have adopted RON in 2020 – and we expect others to join them before the end of the calendar year.
In Missouri, House Bill 1655 was signed into law by Governor Mike Parson on July 6, 2020 following three years of negotiation by legislators and trade associations – including the Missouri Land Title Association.
HB 1655 originally called for an effective date of July 1, 2021. However, in light of COVID-19, legislators amended the bill to allow for RON as soon as August 28, 2020.
Once live, RON will provide additional opportunities for the 72,000 notaries in the state of Missouri, according to the most recent figures from the National Notary Association (NNA).
In Hawaii, Senate Bill 2275 passed with unanimous support in both the state Senate and House of Representatives. As of July 22, the bill is awaiting the signature of Governor David Ige.
If signed into law, SB 2275 would go into effect January 1, 2021, and would benefit more than 6,000 notaries located across the Hawaiian Islands, according to the NNA.