Ohio Passes Remote Online Notarization Bill

Following unanimous support from the Ohio State Senate, Governor John Kasich signed Ohio Senate Bill 263 into law on December 19. The law makes Ohio the 10th state to recognize remote online notarization, empowering anyone to notarize documents online from anywhere at any time.

SB263 will take effect on the 91st day following enactment, and the new laws will take effect six months after that - tentatively September 19, 2019. During this window, the Secretary of State will have an opportunity to adopt additional rules for implementation and oversight.

“We’re excited that the Ohio legislature voted in favor of online notary legislation, enabling their notaries to serve anyone across the country how they’d like - online,” said Notarize Founder and CEO Pat Kinsel.

“After passing a more limited bill last year, the Ohio legislature has returned and passed the model legislation that we’ve supported alongside MBA, ALTA, and other industry leaders. We are thrilled at the prospect of opening operations in Ohio and working with our partners to digitize how people buy homes and access government services.”

Ohio is the latest victory in the online notarization movement. It is the sixth state to approve legislation in 2018 - joining Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee, and Vermont - while 10 other states introduced similar legislation during the latest legislative cycle.

Ohio is the seventh most populous state in the country, meaning nearly 12 million more Americans will be able to access a notary from their desktop, tablet, or smartphone, no matter the time or place.

It’s incredible to see how far remote online notarization support has come in such a short period of time. There was a four-year gap between Virginia becoming the first state to adopt remote online notarization in 2011 and when Montana became the second in 2015.

To see six states pass laws in one calendar year is remarkable.

We’re thrilled with all that’s been accomplished in 2018, and can’t wait to start working with Ohio notaries.