COVID-19 Executive Order Authorizes Virtual Notarization in New York State

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued Executive Order 202.7, which temporarily suspends the rule requiring physical appearance before a notary public until April 18, 2020.


Key points of the executive order:

  • The person seeking the Notary's services, if not personally known to the Notary, must present valid photo ID to the Notary during the video conference, not merely transmit it prior to or after;

  • The video conference must allow for direct interaction between the person and the Notary (e.g. no prerecorded videos of the person signing);

  • The person must affirmatively represent that he or she is physically situated in the State of New York;

  • The person must transmit by fax or electronic means a legible copy of the signed document directly to the Notary on the same date it was signed;

  • The Notary may notarize the transmitted copy of the document and transmit the same back to the person; and

  • The Notary may repeat the notarization of the original signed document as of the date of execution provided the Notary receives such original signed document together with the electronically notarized copy within thirty days after the date of execution.

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