Washington has become the ninth state in 2019 to pass legislation for remote online notarization (RON). Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5641, enabling the implementation of RON in the state and providing an additional 74,000 notaries with the capability to perform remote online notarizations starting from October 1, 2020.
This development continues the trend of states embracing RON legislation, with the total number of states passing such bills reaching double digits. The adoption of RON is viewed as a significant step in modernizing notarial practices, making them more secure, efficient, and aligned with the digital age. The momentum behind RON legislation is indicative of the broader trend towards the digitization of essential services.