West Virginia Notary Law Changes in Effect June 17, 2021

Published: May 19, 2021

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed SB 469 into law, codifying provisions from a 2020 executive order suspending the mandate requiring a notary be physically present with individuals when signing documents or making notary statements (W.Va. Code 39-4-6). This law, which takes effect on June 17, 2021, will impact those currently using electronic communication technology for notary services. These changes can influence the validity of notarized documents, and it’s important to understand the requirements that will soon be imposed.

The law sets forth two crucial sections pertaining to notary duties: Remote Online Notarial acts (RON) and Remote Ink Notarial acts (RIN). RON refers to acts for remotely located individuals using a communication technology platform, and RIN refers to acts by remotely located individuals, whereby the individuals exchange wet-signed documents but verify identities and acts using a communication technology platform.

Below are some points from the bill that outline how RON and RIN will work in West Virginia. Click here to view the full text of the law.



The Secretary of State’s office will likely promulgate new rules affecting this program soon.

If you have questions about any of the changes noted above, contact

Steptoe & Johnson’s Real Estate Team or the author of this alert.

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