A new law permanently allows Coloradans to have documents notarized remotely, reversing the long-standing practice of requiring people to be in a notary’s physical presence.
The Remote Notaries Protect Privacy law, signed by Governor Jared Polis last week, continues emergency rules put in place amid the coronavirus pandemic which allowed people to have documents notorized remotely using “audio-visual communication.”
The new law extends those rules through December 31, 2020. In the meantime, the Secretary of State’s office – which administers notary services in Colorado – will develop, build and certify permanent remote notary systems which will take effect on December 31, 2020.
“This legislation provides certainty to Colorado’s people and businesses that remote notary services will continue to be available in the future,” says Jena Griswold, Colorado Secretary of State.
The rules for remote notorization say that:
The passage of the new law follows an executive order issued by Governor Polis on March 30 that ordered the temporary suspension of the personal appearance requirement before notarial officers due to the presence of coronavirus in Colorado.
To implement the executive order, Secretary Griswold issued emergency rules which outlined the procedures and requirements for remote notarization.
The move to allow remote notorization in Colorado came in consultation with the Governor’s office, stakeholders and the legal community.
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