It’s official: 2018 is the year of remote online notarization. Following in the footsteps of five progressive states, two new states have chosen to bring the notarial practice into the modern era.
We’re excited to announce that Vermont State Legislatures passed a remote notarization bill, empowering notaries to conduct notarizations online for citizens of all 50 states, regardless of where they’re located at the time of signing (at home or abroad). Vermont Bill H.526 has been signed into law by Governor Phil Scott.
Vermont joins a growing number of states to pass online notarization bills, including Tennessee, Indiana, Texas, Nevada, and Virginia. With the passing of these bills, these states bring the antiquated process of finding a notary into the digital era. With Notarize, any American can legally notarize documents, online. And now, Vermont notaries can join the movement.
Once the bills go into effect in 2019 (and once rules are in effect in Vermont), notaries in Vermont will be able to use the Notarize platform to serve customers from all 50 states, regardless of where the signer is located at the time of the signing. This will finally give notaries a way to meet the expectations of consumers and businesses who rely on notarizations in the digital economy – from any device and any location, at any time.
At Notarize, we’ve been leading the effort to modernize state laws and the notarial process. We appreciate the leadership we've seen from Vermont and Minnesota in creating a more efficient and secure experience for consumers and thank the legislators, agencies, and other stakeholders who believe in providing citizens, businesses and government agencies with secure and innovative solutions.
We're excited to open our platform to notaries from Vermont, and look forward to seeing more states adopt remote online notarization.
Fun fact about Vermont: it was in Plymouth Notch where the only swearing-in of a US President (Calvin Coolidge) by a notary public occurred. The notary performing the service was none other than President Coolidge’s father, Colonel John Coolidge. From 1923 all the way to modern day, the role of the notary plays an important part in our society.