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Governor Hochul Signs New York Remote Notary Law

On December 22, 2021, New York State Governor Hochul signed New York State Bill 1780C which sets forth the state’s new remote notarization law. The law is to take effect on June 20, 2022. While the New York Secretary of State has not yet issued regulations governing remote notarizations, several key items are currently known.  In order to perform remote notarizations, a notary will first need to register as providing electronic remote notarization services. After providing a remote notarization, the notary will be required to keep a record of the notarization for at least 10 years. That record cannot just be a journal entry, but must reflect the use of audio/video capabilities to verify the signor’s identity. A copy of the new law can be found here: