COVID-19 Notarization Procedures - Social Distancing With Physically Present Principals

To fight the spread of coronavirus, Notaries in many states are temporarily authorized to perform notarial acts using audio-visual technology instead of requiring the physical presence of the principal signer.  (To see ASN's list of known state waivers/suspensions of the physical presence requirement, click here.)

For Notaries whose states have not temporarily waived or suspended the physical presence requirement, American Society of Notaries offers these social distancing procedures for consideration. 
PLEASE NOTE--adoption of these procedures is at your discretion.  They do not guarantee anyone's safety from coronavirus threats.

These procedures should be used only while your jurisdiction requires or recommends social distancing as a coronavirus safety measure, and only if they do not conflict with guidelines, if applicable, issued by your state commissioning officer

When notarizing for a physically present principal:

Before implementing these procedures, Notary Signing Agents should check for any similar procedures required by the signing company, title company or lender associated with the transaction.

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