As COVID-19 continues to change our daily lives and the operation of our businesses, obtaining the notarizations required for many legal documents has become not only inconvenient, but potentially unwise. West Virginia is taking action to address this hurdle to the normal conduct of business.
On April 1, 2020 Secretary of State Mac Warner announced that his office has promulgated an Emergency Rule amendment to the Electronic Notarization Rule, establishing a process for West Virginia notaries to remotely electronically notarize documents during the current State of Emergency. The Emergency Rule suspends the “personal appearance” requirements for a document to be notarized and instead allows a notary to use electronic audio and visual technology to witness an individual’s signature. Specific procedures are required by the Emergency Rule for notaries to witness the signing of a document remotely.
The Emergency Rule permitting, in certain circumstances, remote notarization is effective immediately and will remain in effect during the present State of Emergency. When the State of Emergency is lifted, remote notarization will no longer be authorized, and the in-person requirement is automatically reinstated.
If you are a notary public, we would recommend that you carefully review the specific requirements of the Emergency Rule.
Lewis Glasser has implemented procedures to enable its staff to remotely conduct compliant notarizations electronically in accordance with the Emergency Rule. Should you need assistance conducting an electronic notarization please reach out.
Matthew R. Bowles
Lewis Glasser PLLC
(O) 304.345.2000 (Ext. 1039) / (D) 304.414.9001
Anna G. Casto
Lewis Glasser PLLC
(O) 304.345.2000 (Ext. 1067) / (D) 304.414.4379
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