Legislator: Rigorous security standards will ensure consumers are protected
A plan from state Rep. Diana Farrington to implement the use of electronic notarization today was overwhelmingly approved in a Michigan House vote.
“We have documents that can be signed electronically, so this process gets the ball rolling on notarizing documents electronically so the people of Michigan can conduct business faster without sacrificing their security in the process,” said Farrington, of Utica.
A notary is responsible for attesting to the fact that an individual signing a legal document is the person they are claiming to be upon their signature. Farrington’s bill, House Bill 5811, allows the Secretary of State and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget to approve remote electronic notarization programs beginning in 2019. Current law does not allow for electronic notarization and the requirement is a notary must be physically present to witness a signing.
Keeping security in mind within technological advancement, electronic notaries must meet all of the identity verification requirements that in-person notarizations are subjected to. A rolling 10-year log must also be kept tracking all notarial acts. Any approved programs would be reviewed at least every four years to ensure standards established by the state are still being met.
Nearly 30 states currently allow some form of electronic notarization. HB 5811 advances to the Senate for further consideration.