SB18-109 - Authorize Audio-video Communication Notarial Acts

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning an authorization for notaries public to perform notarial acts using audio-video communication, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Current law requires an individual who wishes to have a document notarized to appear personally before the notary public. The bill authorizes notaries public to perform a notarial act on behalf of an individual who is not in the notary's physical presence, but only with respect to an electronic document.

To perform a 'remote notarization', a notary must use a tamper-evident electronic system that conforms to standards established by rules of the secretary of state, including using real-time audio-video communications and keeping an audio-video recording of the notarization for at least 10 years. The bill establishes the standards that a notary must comply with to have satisfactory evidence of the identity of the person seeking the remote notarization. A notary is prohibited from using information collected during a remote notarization other than as allowed by applicable federal or state law.

The bill appropriates $42,895 to the department of state for the implementation of the act.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: May 10, 2018
05/10/2018 - House Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
05/07/2018 - House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/03/2018 - House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Finance
04/10/2018 - House Committee on Judiciary Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
03/27/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
03/21/2018 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/20/2018 - Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/20/2018 - Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/08/2018 - Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
03/05/2018 - Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Finance
01/29/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology