Wisconsin Becomes the First State to Adopt RON in 2020

Prior to this week, 22 states had laws that allowed their notaries to tap into the remote online notarization (RON) marketplace. That means more than 2.2 million notaries nationwide had access to technologies that empowered them to better serve their communities.

The number of RON-approved states now stands 23, as the Wisconsin Senate recently approved Assembly Bill 293 – making the Badger State the first state to pass a RON bill in 2020.

Governor Tony Evers signed the bill on March 2, meaning AB 293 will go into effect for 82,000 Wisconsin notaries beginning June 1, 2020.

The Wisconsin RON bill was influenced by the MBA/ALTA model legislation from 2017 that has become the national framework for online notarization adoption. The model legislation has provided lawmakers across the country with a consistent, uniform framework to draft RON legislation based on a common set of core principles.

Once the law goes into effect, notaries public in Wisconsin will need to obtain an additional commission from the state's Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) to perform as an online notary. The commission will last for four years.

Businesses will also be required to register with the DFI to work with Wisconsin notaries as an online notarization system provider.

The DFI will be responsible for finalizing the rules around RON – everything from fees to security standards. Be sure to check the DFI website regularly for the latest information about RON in Wisconsin and how notaries can begin to help folks with some of life's most important moments – entirely online.

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