New Law Allows Remote Notarization in MA

Governor Charlie Baker signed a new on April 23, 2020 allowing remote notarization in Massachusetts.

Under the new law, notaries public would be permitted to perform "an acknowledgement, affirmation or other notarial act" through real-time video conference rather than an in-person transaction for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Principals and notaries public involved in the transactions must be located in Massachusetts, and principals must also provide evidence to confirm their identities. The provisions, aimed at allowing the key business transactions to continue without violating social-distancing practices, would last until three days after Governor Charlie Baker repeals his state of emergency declaration.

The is great news because this bill will allow us to perform virtual closings and protect our clients.