Oregon Becomes 35th State to Pass Remote Online Notarization

The widespread impact of COVID-19 has empowered legislators, businesses, and individuals alike to reimagine the very notion of “work” in the digital economy. The notarial profession and the services it provides – often a key to life’s most important transactions — is no different.

Earlier this month, Oregon became the 35th state to enact permanent remote online notarization (RON) legislation when Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 765 into law. This bill will provide the 39,000 notaries in Oregon access to a safe, secure, convenient, and legal way to notarize documents online.

Notarize applauds the Oregon Legislative Assembly and Governor Brown for their efforts, and is excited to continue our partnership with the Beaver State.

In response to the pandemic, Oregon temporarily implemented RON through an emergency  authorization which was set to expire on June 30th. Following a successful trial period this past year, Senate Bill 765 permanently authorizes RON and makes it effective immediately. 

Oregon does require additional training before a notary can begin offering RON. Please refer to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office to learn more about the state’s RON education course and additional requirements.

Oregon joins a growing list of states that have acknowledged the value and importance of bringing notarial services into the digital age. Oregon’s RON law includes the same necessary safeguards to confirm a signer's identity online that are also the cornerstone of the Notarize platform – including multi-factor authentication, which is crucial to protecting notaries, businesses, and consumers from fraud.

Throughout the pandemic, existing permanent RON laws and emergency temporary provisions allowed Americans to get their documents notarized remotely, keeping lives and business transactions going during this difficult time.

However, as the nation begins to reopen and start on a path towards recovery, states should prioritize safety and digital solutions that benefit Americans and businesses both today and long-term. 

We believe the remaining states should follow Oregon’s lead and authorize RON in their state. It is the only approach that strikes the right balance in protecting against fraud and providing the convenience of online notarizations.

Remote online notarization has become a mainstay in how Americans conduct business and verify identities in an ever-growing online world. Notarize is proud to be leading that transformation.