Remote notarization to be available in Illinois

Coronavirus Watch Illinois

CHICAGO (WEHT) The Governor’s Office, the Secretary of State’s Office, and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation say remote notarization can be used for the duration of Governor Pritzker’s stay at home order which is in effect until April 30.

Section 1 of Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-14 states that “[d]uring the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation related to the outbreak of COVID-19, the requirement that a person must ‘appear before’ a Notary Public commissioned under the laws of Illinois pursuant to the Illinois Notary Act, 5 ILCS 312/6-102, is satisfied if the Notary Public performs a remote notarization via two-way audio-video communication technology, provided that the Notary Public commissioned in Illinois is physically within the State while performing the notarial act and the transaction follows the guidance posted by the Illinois Secretary of State on its website.”

The entire text of Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-14 may be found here.

The entire text of the Secretary of State’s “Guidance for Remote Notaries and Consumer” may be found here.

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(This story was originally published on April 8, 2020)

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