March, 2011 - With a single physical signature, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has signed a landmark bill into law, making the Commonwealth of Virginia the first state in the Union to explicitly allow notarizations to be conducted online over a webcam.
The Act takes effect July, 2012.
Bill HB 2318 – now the law of Virginia – was created as a way to counteract notary fraud such as that most recently seen in the “robo-signing” frauds conducted during the foreclosure crisis.
State of New Jersey - Department of Treasury -
NOTICE CONCERNING ONLINE NOTARY SERVICES UTILIZING A WEB CAM OR OTHER VIDEO EQUIPMENT
The Division of Revenue requested legal guidance concerning the practice of online notarization services utilizing a webcam or other video in lieu of a personal appearance in front of a valid New Jersey Notary. It has been determined that New Jersey’s statutes do not allow for this type of notarization.
Until such a time, all citizens and Notaries Public alike are STRONGLY URGED not to take part in these services.
North Carolina introduced a bill to eliminate its “personal appearance” requirement in its notary law several years ago. The "personal appearance" requirement remained. Can "personal appearance" be satisfied electronically?