South Dakota has joined the remote online notarization (RON) movement, with Governor Kristi Noem signing House Bill 1272 into law. The legislation grants the state's 18,000 notaries the ability to perform remote online notarizations, providing a safer, simpler, and more certain way to serve important transactions. The law is set to go into effect on July 1, 2019.
House Bill 1272 is the second RON bill to be enacted in 2019 and marks the sixth RON bill to pass state legislatures this year, matching the total from all of last year. The bill received strong support in the South Dakota legislature, passing with a 65-0 vote in the House and a 23-10 vote in the Senate.
South Dakota's move to embrace RON follows a trend of legislative developments in 2019, with North Dakota, Kentucky, Idaho, and Montana also passing or revising RON laws. The momentum in RON legislation is expected to continue, with Arizona and Nebraska anticipated to pass their own RON bills in the coming weeks, and other states exploring the benefits of modernizing notarial practices. The progress in 2019 indicates a growing recognition of the advantages and efficiency gains offered by remote online notarization.