Emergency Legislation Authorizes Use of Remote Notaries in Massachusetts

September 01, 2021

UPDATE June 16, 2021:

This morning, Governor Baker signed legislation extending certain pandemic-era policies. Among those policies was the law permitting remote notarizations. Remote notarization will now be permitted in Massachusetts until December 15, 2021.

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On April 27, 2020, Governor Baker signed into law emergency legislation permitting virtual notarization of documents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the new law, notaries and witnesses had to be in the physical presence of the person signing a document but now they may use online video conference services in order to maintain social distancing.

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