Bulletin: IN2020001

Date:
March 31, 2020
To:
All Indiana Issuing Offices
RE:
UNDERWRITING - Remote Online Notarization effective March 31, 2020

Dear Associates:

On March 27, 2020, Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Secretary of State Connie Lawson (“SOS”) expedited the implementation of remote notarization in Indiana by approving the administrative rules which will now go into effect March 31, 2020, along with the statutory authority to perform remote notarizations. (75 IAC 7 & IC 33-42-17).

Remote Notary Authorization:

Indiana commissioned notaries can complete a remote notarization (“RON”) once you have been approved by the SOS. To be approved you must:

1. Submit an application to the SOS (INBiz@sos.in.gov) to become a remote notary. The application can be found at Application.

2. Pass the Remote Notary Education and Exam provided by the National Notary Association (NNA). NNA will provide a certificate of completion which you then need to submit to INBiz@sos.in.gov. NNA expects the course to be available April 7, 2020.

3. Contract with an approved remote technology vendor and complete their training for remote notarizations. Stewart’s approved vendors can be found in other bulletins regarding remote online notarization.

Remote Online Vendors:

The SOS is currently working to approve remote technology vendors. Once vendors are approved, they will be posted on SOS Business Services website at http://www.in.gov/sos/business/.

If you have any questions relating to this or other bulletins, please contact a Stewart Title Guaranty Company underwriter.

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THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
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Underwriting Manual:
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Exceptions Manual:
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Forms:
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