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Womack Cosponsored SECURE Notarization Act Passes House

Washington, DC—July 28, 2022....Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3), Ranking Member of the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Subcommittee, today announced the SECURE Notarization Act of 2022 passed the U.S. House of Representatives with his support. He is a cosponsor of the bipartisan bill, which permits the immediate nationwide use of remote online notarization (RON) technology, a type of secure electronic notarization where the notary and signer are in different physical locations.

Congressman Womack said, “One time or another, most have experienced the stress of needing to get something notarized last-minute. Remote online notarization will make it easier for Arkansans and Americans, especially those in the military or living in rural communities, to safely and securely complete needed documents. By leveraging transformative technology, we are streamlining transactions for consumers and bringing important processes into the 21st century.”

The SECURE Notarization Act of 2022 will give Americans a secure method to execute important transactions with ease. It would enable every notary in the U.S. to utilize RON for real estate transactions and for other critical documents, including affidavits, powers of attorney, living trusts, and advance health care directives.

Notarizations play a key role in transaction documents, from deeds to mortgages to lien releases and even home equity loans. Virtual notarizations not only afford consumers increased flexibility, but are also especially important for certain populations, including active military, who may need to sign papers while overseas, as well as Americans with disabilities or medical conditions, who may not be able to easily leave their homes to sign papers in-person.

This week’s passage marks an important step forward in modernizing the notarization process with a secure system. The legislation will now head to the Senate for consideration.

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

womack.house.gov

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