- August 23, 2021
- All New Hampshire Issuing Offices
- UNDERWRITING - Remote Online Notarization (“RON”)
Governor Sununu has signed Senate Bill 134-FN into law on August 10, 2021. This bill modifies the law concerning notaries (NH RSA 455:3) and notarial acts (NH RSA 456-B); and authorizes electronic signatures. In addition, the bill created a new section (NH RSA 478-A) the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (“URPERA”). The new law states that it will be effective 180 days after enactment.
The law gives the Secretary of State the power to adopt rules and regulations pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act” (NH RSA 541-A) regarding the performance of a notarial act. Specifically, the Secretary of State will develop the standards necessary for a notary to conduct a remote online notarization. Therefore, until a registration system and list of communication technologies are approved by the Secretary of State and the law goes into effect, a New Hampshire notary public will not be able to perform remote online notarization. When information becomes available, we will provide further underwriting guidance.
For a full text of the bill please follow the link below. Please note that this is an omnibus bill with many unrelated sections, the section pertaining to RON is in Part II of the bill.
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