Bulletin: MS2021001

Date:
August 03, 2021
To:
All Mississippi Issuing Offices
RE:
UNDERWRITING - Termination of Remote Notarization authorized under Emergency Order No. 1467 by the Governor

Dear Associates:

On April 7, 2020, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issued Executive Order No. 1467 (hereinafter “Order”) pursuant to the Mississippi Emergency Management Law which gives the Governor very broad powers. In the Order, the Governor modified certain parts of Mississippi’s Notary Law by allowing the assistance of audio-visual technology to facilitate the social distancing necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Remote online notarization (RON/RIN) was authorized under the terms of the Order during the State of Emergency declared by the Governor.

Governor Reeves has declared that Mississippi’s State of Emergency will effectively expire as of August 15, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. CT. Under the Order, the in-person requirement for notarization was waived for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency and for fourteen (14) days thereafter. This means that the last day that remote online notarization in the form of RON or RIN may be used in Mississippi under the Order is August 29, 2021.

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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:
MS2020001 UNDERWRITING - Executive Order No. 1467 by the Governor
Related Bulletins:
None
Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None