- June 17, 2021
- All New Hampshire Issuing Offices
- UNDERWRITING - Termination of Remote Notarization authorized under Emergency Order #11 pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04
On March 23, 2020, Governor Christopher T. Sununu issued Emergency Order #11 pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04 - An order declaring a state of emergency due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Emergency Order #11, entitled, Temporary authority to perform secure remote online notarization, a full copy of which can be found (here), expired at 12:00 a.m. EST on June 12, 2021, with the expiration of New Hampshire’s State of Emergency as declared by Governor Sununu at a press conference held on June 10, 2021.
As a reminder, only original completed documents which are fully executed with wet signatures of the signor and notary, and in compliance with previously issued Stewart Title Guaranty Underwriting Bulletins - NH2020003 and NH2020004, prior to 12:00 a.m. EST on June 12, 2021, may be relied upon for the purpose of insuring title relying on Emergency Order #11.
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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.