Utah Passes Remote Online Notarization Bill
Today, the Utah State Senate passed legislation in support of statewide remote online notarization adoption and regulation. If signed into law, Utah would become the 11th state to empower notaries to notarize documents online from anywhere at any time.
House Bill 52 will now head to the desk of Governor Gary Herbert, where he will have 20 days to sign the bill, veto it, or let it become law without his signature.
"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."
As the first state to pass a remote online notarization bill in 2019, this law means that another 22,000 notaries public will be able to tap into the remote online notarization market and serve Americans across the globe.
"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 10 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.