A hearing for the Online Notaries Public bill currently in the California Assembly Judiciary Committee has been set for January 13, 2022 at 9am, state capitol, room 437. This bill would authorize a California notary public to apply for registration with the secretary of state to become a remote online notary public. The full bill text can be found here. (Updated language will be published January 4th).
The California League of Independent Notaries is in strong support of this bill for the following reasons;
- the opportunity for California notaries to venture into the expanding virtual notarization space,
- the strong data privacy protections provided for both the public and notaries public,
- liability protections provided for online notaries public from platform providers,
- the creation of a new notarial act (copy certification of electronic records),
- and much, much more!
Notaries will have the options to testify by telephone, Remote Testimony Station - State Capitol Park, north steps, in-person in the hearing room (masks are required) or by submitting a letter via the position letter portal.
Written letters of support must be submitted via the position letter portal and are due by midnight on January 5th 2022. Those submitting a letter should state their name, company affiliation, and whether they are in support of, or opposed to, the bill being presented. Instructions on how to use the position letter portal can be found here (see page 2, individual accounts). Please note that any written testimony submitted is considered public comment and may be read into the record or reprinted.
All are encouraged to watch the hearing on the Assembly’s website at Assembly Internet.