Bulletin: TN2021001

Date:
May 06, 2021
To:
All Tennessee Issuing Offices
RE:
UNDERWRITING - Executive Order 79

Dear Associates:

Governor Lee’s Executive order 26, which suspended the requirement for a personal appearance before a notary taking an acknowledgment, has expired.

In response to Governor Lee’s Executive Order 26, Stewart Title issued Bulletin TN2020001.

Bulletin TN2020001 outlined the requirements for using remote notarization and remote witnessing of documents, which was authorized under Order 26. This remote procedure has commonly been referred to as a RIN acknowledgement. Executive order 26 was extended numerous times, the last extension was executive order 79. This extended the suspension for an in-person appearance until April 28, 2021. The authorization was not extended past April 28.

Since the Governor's executive order has expired, the only form of remote acknowledgment authorized in Tennessee is under Tennessee’s Online Notary Public Act, commonly referred to as RON.

The procedure outlined in Bulletin TN2020001 for remote notarizations authorized by the Executive order 26 is no longer authorized. Executive order 79, which terminated the order 26 authorization, is attached

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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:
TN2020001 UNDERWRITING - TN Executive Order Number 26 - Requirement of Personal Appearance before Notary Public and Witnesses Waived
Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None