In an effort to assist with documents being notarized during the COVID-19 crisis, Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland) has introduced a bill amendment to allow notaries to remotely notarize documents when the signer appears via audio-video communication.
Keller introduced the amendment to House Bill 1564
to expedite its consideration.
“We are in an unprecedented position with the COVID-19 crisis. Giving notaries the ability to interact with the public in an electronic form not only supports social distancing, but also will help banks, credit unions and other financial institutions to continue with their business,” Keller said.
Important documents that need to be notarized include those for power of attorney, commercial leases and mortgage closings.
The amendment would allow notaries to perform acknowledgements, administer an oath or affirmation, witness or attest electronic signatures, and certify or attest a copy by using real-time communication.
House Bill 1564 passed the House on Wednesday and will be sent to the Senate for its consideration.
Representative Mark Keller
86th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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