Bulletin: NJ2021001

Date:
June 15, 2021
To:
All New Jersey Issuing Offices
RE:
UNDERWRITING - Executive Order No. 244

Dear Associates:

On June 4, 2021, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 244, ending the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Under the legislation, the majority of executive orders issued pursuant to the Public Health Emergency will expire 30 days from the date of the order.

As you may recall from our recent state bulletin, NJ2020004, Governor Murphy signed NJ Bill A3903/S2336 into law on April 14, 2020. This temporary law allowed remote notarial acts, and other acts executing and verifying certain documents, by notaries public and other authorized officials during the public health emergency and state of emergency declared by the Governor’s Executive Order 103 of 2020.

NJ2020004 has now been rescinded.

Audio visual/remote ink notarization will no longer be accepted by the counties as an option for recording documents after Executive Order No. 103 expires next month.

As a result of Executive Order No. 244, Stewart Title Guaranty Company also will no longer be able to insure title or authorize the issuance of Closing Protection Letters when the documents have been acknowledged or notarized using remote ink notarization (RIN).

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

For on-line viewing of this and other bulletins, please log onto www.vuwriter.com.

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:
NJ2020004 UNDERWRITING - New Jersey Bill A3903/S2336 - Audio/Visual Online Notarization
Related Bulletins:
None
Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None