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Utah Passes Remote Online Notarization Bill

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed House Bill 52 into law, making Utah the latest state to support statewide remote online notarization adoption and regulation. This law means another 22,000 notaries public will be able to tap into the remote online notarization marketplace and serve Americans across the globe.

The law will go into effect November 1, 2019.

"The bill took two weeks from introduction in the House to passing in the Senate. This goes to show Utah's commitment to bringing this technology to the state, and to the businesses that operate in it," said Notarize Founder and CEO Pat Kinsel. "We've been proud to partner with industry leaders such as Elevated Title and others in Utah who have really helped drive this initiative forward. It was even more exciting to see legislators reference Notarize videos and market momentum to fuel this decision."

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"Our mission is to use cutting-edge technology to improve the home buying and refinance experience," said Brian Lemke, CBO at Elevated Title. "Today's announcement brings that vision to Utah."

Utah is the latest victory in the online notarization movement. Six states approved legislation in 2018 - Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, and Vermont - while more than a dozen other states introduced similar legislation during the latest legislative cycle.

We saw incredible momentum in the remote online notarization space in 2018. We believe Utah is just the tip of the iceberg in 2019.

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You have notarization questions, we have notarization answers. While we at Notarize pride ourselves on providing helpful resources (like this blog!) to demystify notarization, we’re not lawyers and don’t give legal advice. Pro tip: always check with your own attorneys, advisors, or document recipients if you have further questions about notarization or digitally notarized docs.

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