Update on Emergency Authorization of Remote Notarizations

The saga continues in this third entry of the three-part series (so far) on North Carolina’s authorization of emergency video notarizations during the pandemic.  As of March 12, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill 196 into law, which allows video notarization to continue through December 31, 2021.  

The Bill acts to amend the previous authorization which expired on March 1, 2021, and appears to have retroactive effect to save any brave soul who continued remote notarizations after the Bill’s expiration date.

At this time, there is still no indication that permanent authorization of remote notarizations is in the works and there is certainly no time line for its arrival.  As the pandemic hopefully begins to wane this summer, our office will continue in-person document signings if at all feasible following the most updated guidance from the CDC.  However, we will certainly consider making use of the emergency authorization for remote notarizations in certain circumstances. 

A link to the full text of House Bill 196, which addresses and extends a number of other pandemic-related policies, is below. 


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