In order to protect Notaries and signers and to allow them to practice proper social distancing, many states have issued emergency orders to authorize Remote Online Notarization. If you’re in need of Notary services in the State of NY, Vcorp is here to assist!
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In response to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) public health emergency, on March 19, 2020 Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.7, which authorizes notary publics to officiate documents remotely for the State of New York. Specific procedures must be followed to remotely notarize a document. To help the public and notaries public understand the Executive Order, the Department has prepared this guidance.
What is allowed?
The Executive Order allows a notary public to witness a document being signed, using audio-video technology, and to then notarize the document.
What is required?
To remotely notarize a document, the following conditions must be satisfied:
- The person seeking the Notary’s services, if not personally known to the Notary, must present a valid photo ID to the Notary during the video conference, not merely transmit it prior to or after;
- The video conference must allow for direct interaction between the person and the Notary (e.g. no pre-recorded videos of the person signing);
- The person must affirmatively represent that he or she is physically situated in the State of New York;
- The person must transmit by fax or electronic means a legible copy of the signed document directly to the Notary on the same date it was signed;
- The Notary may notarize the transmitted copy of the document and transmit the same back to the person; and
- The Notary may repeat the notarization of the original signed document as of the date of execution provided the Notary receives such original signed document together