Report Opposing Pending Legislation to Permit Electronic Notarization in New York; Urges Legislature to Consider Comprehensive Alternatives

March 26, 2021

By: Alan Kolod

The Commercial Law & Uniform State Laws Committee and the Real Property Law Committee  issued a report opposing a bill that would provide for electronic notarization, including remote online notarization (RON), in New York State. While authorization for RON would be desirable, the bill as drafted falls short of much-needed notarial law reform in New York. The City Bar strongly urges the Legislature to consider alternatives that would provide a comprehensive and long-overdue update of New York’s notarial law, and recommends looking at models — such as the Uniform Law Commission’s 2018 Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts — that would address concerns raised in the report about improper or inadequate notarial practices. The Report, which was published on March 26, 2021, is available here.