Remote Notarization in Massachusetts (Temporary Remote Notarization ended March 31, 2023. Information on the current law is included below.)

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Current enabling statute for Permanent Remote Notarization in Massachusetts

The complete Chapter 2 of the Acts of 2023

Sections 23-33 of Chapter 2 of the Acts of 2023 (Dealing Specifically with Remote Notarization)

Note that Section 33 of the enabling statute (Chapter 2 of the Act of 2023) adds three new sections to the current notary law (Sections 27, 28, and 29). On page 24, under the new Section 28 (c) a record related to the electoral process, or a will, codicil or document purporting to be a will or codicil is excluded from being notarized using communication technology.

Historical Information Regarding Temporary Remote Notarization during the pandemic, ending on March 31, 2023

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The complete text of the Remote Notarization Law

Webinar regarding the Remote Notarization Law held on April 27, 2020 (Please note that since the recording of this webinar the Remote Notarization Bill has been signed into Law by the Governor.)

Webinar regarding Ethical Considerations regarding the Remote Notarization Law recorded on May 6, 2020

FAQs and Best Practices

Checklist for Virtual Notarization

Sample Affidavit and Clauses