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Notaries can work online after Jan. 1

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Notaries public can sign up to provide their services remotely after Jan. 1, according to legislation approved last week.

The bill allows for online, remote notarization of electronic documents, which was one of Gov. Kevin Stitt's early "easy win" digital upgrades of state government after taking office.

Notaries will be required to follow specific steps and rules created by the secretary of state to certify documents electronically. The secretary will determine the tools that can be used to validate documents, storage for electronic documents and forms for remote online notarizations.

There are limits, however. The bill will not apply to plats, plans, maps or surveys of real property in certain circumstances.

The legislation was requested by the Oklahoma Association of Realtors and supported by the state Land Title Association.

"Oklahoma’s business community is growing, and ensuring we’re utilizing the latest technology will help foster and strengthen that growth,” said the bill's author, state Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City. “Creating a (remote online notary) process in the state will make notaries’ jobs faster and more convenient for those businesses and individuals that depend on them. This is going to revolutionize business in Oklahoma.”

The bill takes effect Jan. 1. Remote online notaries will be able to notarize documents from people within Oklahoma, from people within the United States, and from places outside the country if it involves a place or is to be filed within the United States.

Dale Denwalt

Dale Denwalt has closely followed state policy and politics since his first internship as an Oklahoma Capitol reporter in 2006. He graduated from Northeastern State University in his hometown of Tahlequah. Denwalt worked as a news reporter in... Read more ›

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