Governor Hogan Authorizes Remote Notarizations

Governor Hogan Authorizes Remote Notarizations

Notaries Public commissioned in Maryland who are in good standing may perform a notarial act using communication technology for a remotely located (remote online notarizations) after affirming they are complying with the requirements

Notaries Public who use remote notarizations must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Must be a current notary in good standing
  • Must notify the Office of the Secretary of State of intent to use remote notarizations
  • Must identify the communications technology vendor that will be used and confirm that the vendor will allow notary to, in real time, (1) view the remotely located individual and (2) compare for consistency the information and photos presented as identification credentials
  • For each notarial act conducted remotely, must create and retain an audio-visual recording of the performance of the notarial act
  • For each notarial act conducted remotely, must note on the notarial certification and in notary log or journal that the notarial act was performed for a remotely located individual using communications technology
  • May not charge more than $4 for each remote online notarial act using communication technology, which is the same fee that may be charged when performing an in person notarial act
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