Notarize applauds the House of Representatives for passing the SECURE Notarization Act of 2022 (H.R. 3962), paving the way for nationwide access to remote online notarization (RON), and encourages the Senate to follow suit.
Following a unanimous vote by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the SECURE Notarization Act received overwhelming bipartisan support in a full House vote on July 27.
The legislation will now be considered by the Senate, where companion legislation (S.1625) has been introduced by Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Mark Warner (D-VA) and is welcomed by ten cosponsors.
Passage of the SECURE Notarization Act will not only authorize notaries nationwide to utilize RON, but it will also establish national minimum standards ensuring consumer protections remain central to RON and the technology behind it. The legislation will also create a federal statute to codify the interstate recognition of notarial acts, which is currently based on state statutes, case law, and the U.S constitution. This will further guarantee the acceptance and utility of notarizations across jurisdictions.
41 states have already adopted a RON law that meets or exceeds the minimum standards in SECURE, while most of the states without RON have introduced similar legislation. SECURE will expand RON to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories while empowering states to build on the national standards established in the legislation. Notarize remains committed to working with each state to ensure the successful implementation of RON for years to come.
Notarize would especially like to thank Representatives Madeleine Dean (D-PA) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) for introducing the SECURE Notarization Act in the House last year and continuing to advocate for its passage in committee and on the floor. We would also like to thank the more than 100 cosponsors that supported the legislation leading up to Wednesday's vote.
Notarize is proud to be part of a larger coalition with the American Land Title Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Realtors, and others. We look forward to continued collaboration as we work together to pass the SECURE Notarization Act in Congress this year.