Remote Notarizations, Official E-Signatures Extended Through July

If you need a document notarized or require signatures on official documents but can’t or don’t want to venture into a physical office at this time, Gov. Whitmer has extended your ability to accomplish those things electronically or remotely, until the end of July.

The governor Wednesday signed Executive Order 2020-131, which extends a previous executive order temporarily allowing e-signatures on official documents and remote notarizations to avoid unnecessary in-person contact during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Executive Order 2020-131 will expire on July 31, 2020.

Whitmer says, “As we continue to suppress the spread of COVID-19 and make every effort to prevent a second wave, it’s crucial that we take all measures to avoid unnecessary in-person contact while ensuring documents can be signed or notarized.” She adds, “Encouraging the use of e-signatures and alternative means of notarization will protect more people during this ongoing public health crisis.”

Under Executive Order 2020-131, requirements for in-person notarizations are temporarily suspended and transactions that require a notary to be completed via two-way, real-time audiovisual technology are allowed. The order also extends the validity of notary commissions until July 31, 2020. It also permits the use of electronic signatures in all cases, except in rare circumstances when a physical signature is required.

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