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New York Allows for Remote Online Notaries

Effective June 20, 2022, New York will join more than 37 states that allow for Remote Online Notaries (RONs). According to the New York Department of State, “‘Remote notarization’ is a form of notarization where the notary officiates the document remotely through audio-visual technology and other security protocols. Remote notarization can be performed by a notary public by traditional ink (e.g., pen) or electronic signature.”


The new law requires the New York Secretary of State to provide regulations with standards for ensuring:

  • the audio/video conference is secure,
  • the notary session is conducted in real time, and
  • the notary is able to communicate with and identify the signer at the time of the notarial act.

Identification will likely require credential analysis of the signer’s identification card, as well as correctly answering knowledge-based authentication questions (four out of five) within a set period of time.


Click here for FAQs about the process or here for the full text of the bill.


Please contact us if you have any questions about the impacts to your background screening process.

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