Today, the National Notary Association (NNA) released new model notarial legislation in the Model Electronic Notarization Act of 2017 (MENA). Building upon its landmark Model Notary Act of 2010, the MENA includes comprehensive standard provisions which states can use to enable their notaries to safely and effectively perform notarial acts using modern electronic means. MENA also includes explicit provisions for recognition and acceptance of electronic notarial acts duly performed by other states’ notaries.
In developing the MENA, the NNA convened a broad community of public and private sector experts to provide comments and input. We are grateful for the opportunity to have participated as members of the MENA Review Committee.
The NNA is the nation’s foremost expert on notarial practices and the strongest advocate for notaries public across the country. We are thrilled that MENA includes provisions by which a state can authorize its notaries to perform Remote Electronic Notarization. For states interested in joining Virginia in the practice of modern audio-video notarization, the NNA has provided a path forward that ensures online notarial acts are conducted in a secure and verifiable manner that protects the consumer and ensures the ongoing value of the notarial act in the digital economy.
Since June, we have worked with the NNA to ensure the proper training of the notaries public we work with to serve customers nationwide. As more states adopt remote notarization, we stand at the ready to allow their notaries on our platform.