Jeff L. Thigpen Register of Deeds

Thursday, November 16, 2006

FYI- Nat'l eNotarization Standards Approved by NASS

This new is a little late, but its worth noting in the Deeds World.

The National Assoication of Secretaries of State (NASS) formally approved a set of standards drafted by the National eNotarization Commission. This effort is part of a major effort that will lend uniformity to laws governing eNotarization that have yet to be enacted in many states. NC Sec. of State Elaine Marshall has been heavily involved in this process.

The standard, which should be published on the National Notary website, focus on five important areas: requiring electronic document signers to appear in person before the Notary; requiring Notaries to register as "capable of performing notarial acts" with respective commissioning authorities; setting procedures for affixing the Notary's electronic signature, certificate or seal on an electronic document; establishing security requirements for electronic Notary signatures and seals; and establishing evidentiary standards for electroncially notarized documents.

These areas will continue to be debated in many states. NC has been working on e-Notarization and e-Recording standards. More on that later....


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