Dear PLTA Member –
Due to your advocacy, the Pennsylvania State Legislature has advanced two pieces of legislation to allow Remote Online Notarization – Senate Bill 1097 by Senator Doug Mastriano and House Bill 2370 by Representative Mark Keller. PLTA thanks both of these outstanding legislators for their hard work to help our industry and consumers. Indeed due to their efforts, HB2370 is positioned for a vote by the full Senate next week.
Thus, we are asking that you TAKE ACTION by utilizing the information on this page to immediately contact your local State Senator asking to both support this important legislation and also request that it be voted on ASAP.
As you know, notarial acts are a necessary component of the real estate closing process. As the industry continues to serve consumers' needs by using online, mobile and other electronic means, it has become clear that our state notarial laws and regulations are inadequate to support this shift in technology. RON allows homebuyers to complete secure closing documents remotely. Even in the absence of a crisis such as the Coronavirus, the limitations with our existing laws may result in increased risk to the industry by hampering our ability to serve customers. This proposal does not replace notaries nor does it change in any way the types of services notaries provide. Rather, it would authorize the use of secure and reliable technology to assist notaries in the performance of their duties while at the same time providing a business and government-friendly alternative to being physically present.
Indeed, notaries would be given additional tools to perform their duties with the additional OPTION to perform notarial acts by audio-video communication: “remote/online” notarization. This would be done by authenticating documents and identifying individual parties through communication technology and identity proofing to certify copies of electronic records are true copies. The proposed legislation establishes definitions for “communication technology”, “foreign state”, “identity proofing”,” outside the United States”, and “remotely located individual”. The Pennsylvania Department of State would be required to issue regulations for these new definitions and for retention periods for recordings.
For any questions or concerns relating to this initiative, please contact Committee Chairperson Debi Barr or PLTA Executive Director Robin Kelsh.
Pennsylvania Land Title Association
Pennsylvania Land Title Institute
1010 W. 8th Avenue, Suite H
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Phone: 610-265-5980 or 800-545-7584