Bulletin: MD2020003

Date:
April 14, 2020
To:
All Maryland Issuing Offices
RE:
UNDERWRITING - 4/10/2020 Update Maryland State Executive Order 20-03-30-04 Authorizing Remote Notarizations

Dear Associates:

On April 10, 2020, Maryland Governor, Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr., issued an update to Executive Order Number 20-03-30-04 (the “EO”). See here. Agents should read the update in full and take note of the following information:

  • Zoom is not an allowable platform at this time.
    • Note: The Secretary of State’s previous guidance specifically stated that services such as Skype or Facetime do not meet technology requirements.
    • Note: Stewart’s technology requirements are stricter than Maryland’s requirements and can be found here.
  • You may NOT charge more than $4 for each remote online notarial act using communication technology.
    • Note: You cannot charge more than the $4 notary fee to cover the costs associated with using a communication technology vendor to facilitate the remote online notarization.

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