Utah Passes Remote Online Notarization Bill

February 12, 2019

Utah became the latest state to pass legislation that permits remote online notarizations (RON). Utah’s HR 52 modifies the Notaries Public Reform Act to allow a notarization to be performed remotely.

The bill follows the key principles of the ALTA-MBA model legislation. Utah joins Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia with laws explicitly allowing the practice. 

RON allows notaries to conduct notariziations using audio-visual technology over the internet instead of being physically present.

Unlike other states, Utah’s lieutenant government promulgates regulations as opposed to the secretary of state.

Another 19 states have pending RON bills. To monitor other RON bills, check out ALTA’s state legislation tracking map. You must be an ALTA member to access the map.

Contact ALTA at 202-296-3671 or communications@alta.org.