Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 3, 2019
Sen. Paul Rosino
Senate sends Remote Online Notary Act to Governor
Beginning next year, notary publics will be able
to certify electronic documents following legislation unanimously
approved Thursday by the Senate. Authored by Sen.
Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma
City, Senate Bill 915 creates the Remote Online Notary (RON) Act.
“Oklahoma’s business community is growing, and ensuring
we’re utilizing the latest technology will help foster and
strengthen that growth,” said Rosino. “Creating a RON
process in the state will make notaries’ jobs faster and more
convenient for those businesses and individuals that depend on them.
This is going to revolutionize business in Oklahoma.”
Senate Bill 915 was requested by the Oklahoma Association of Realtors
(OAR). Notaries will be required to follow specific steps and rules
created by the Secretary of State in order to electronically certify
documents. The Secretary will determine the tools that can be used
to validate documents, storage for electronic documents and forms
for remote online notarizations.
The bill will not apply to plats, plans, maps, or surveys of real
property in certain circumstances.
“I’d like to thank the Oklahoma Association of Realtors
and the Oklahoma Land Title Association for their hard work on this
bill as well as my Senate and House colleagues and Secretary of
State Michael Rogers for their tremendous support,” said Rosino.
“This is a great example of people working together to find
solutions to make Oklahoma better. I look forward to seeing how
this new technology benefits our business community.”
Notaries will register with the Secretary of State and pay a $25
fee to be authorized to notarize remotely. When someone renews their
notary public commission, they will also be renewed to notarize
SB 915 will now go to the Governor’s office for final approval.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Rosino: (405) 521-5618