On March 24, 2020, Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-27. This changes the effective date for SB 5641 (remote notarization) from October 1, 2020, to March 27, 2020. The Remote Online Notary authority is temporary and will only be good through March 16, 2021, unless extended. We also filed emergency rules to clarify requirements for the notary community.
The remote notarization legislation passed in the 2019 legislative session. This follows a national trend of states authorizing this practice. This legislation and rule changes will:
Read more about remote notarization.
On July 1, 2018, the notary laws in Chapter 42.44 RCW were replaced by. You should be aware of the following changes:
You can participate in the rulemaking process. See the rulemaking activity for Chapter 308-30 WAC below.
|Rule and status||Public hearings or comments|
|Chapter 308-30 WAC: Notaries Public||Public hearing held February 9, 2021|
Title 36 WAC: Licensing, Department of (Professional Athletics)
Title 98 WAC: Licensing, Department of (Cemetery Board)
Title 308 WAC: Licensing, Department of
|Public hearing held September 22, 2020|
|Title 308 WAC: Licensing, Department of||
Public hearing held January 7, 2020
|Chapter 308-30 WAC: Notaries Public||Public hearings held May 9, 2018 and May 10, 2018|
|WAC 308-30155 Satisfactory evidence of identity||Public hearing held March 10, 2015
*To request this information in an alternative format, please email RulesCoordinator@dol.wa.gov or call 360.902.3843. (TTY call 711)
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