ALTA strives to help members identify the benefits and risks associated with digital closings in order to put the industry in the best position to solve problems and inspire innovative ideas. ALTA is your source for tools and education about various aspects of digital closing and provide information about the availability of technological advances such as remote online rotary (RON).

Digital Closings/Remote Online Notarization

Remote Online Notarization Videos

Introductory Videos on RON

Introduction to Digital Closings

Get a quick overview of the various types of digital closings, as well as the benefits and operational efficiencies they can provide.

Digital Closings: A Closer Look

Get the 411 on all the terms and acronyms associated with digital closings. Understand what they mean and the processes associated with each of them.

Remote Online Notarization

Learn about the various steps and requirements for performing a RON.

Ask the Digital Boot Camp Experts Video Series

That Darn Promissory Note

Sponsored by Qualia

Listen to the first installment of the Ask the Digital Boot Camp Experts video series as we discuss "That Darn Promissory Note." Joining Lisa Steele of Mother Lode Holding Co. and Eddie Oddo of First American Title Insurance Co. is Camilia Martin with Falcon Capital Advisors.

Agent Spotlight Boots on the Ground

Sponsored by Qualia

Eddie Oddo, vice president of First American Title's corporate business solutions, speaks with Web Raulston, CEO of Team Title Services in Tennessee, and Kelli Flores, vice president of First American's direct operations in Colorado. Learn how these title agents are approaching RON and RIN.

Boots on the Ground, The Real Story

Sponsored by FNF Family of Companies

During this third Ask the Digital Boot Camp Experts video series, Lisa Steele of Mother Lode Holding Co. and Eddie Oddo of First American Title Insurance Co. discuss how title companies are handling remote online notarizations with Celia Flowers of East Texas Title and Dennis Pospisil of Republic Title of Texas.

The 411 on MISMO's RON Certification

During this latest installment of Ask the Digital Boot Camp Experts, Lisa Steele of Mother Lode Holding Co. and Eddie Oddo of First American Title Insurance Co. talk with Rick Hill of the Mortgage Bankers Association about MISMO's Remote Online Notarization Certification.

Agent Spotlight Boots on the Ground

Check out this bonus Ask the Digital Boot Camp Experts video as Lisa Steele of Mother Lode Holding Co. and Eddie Oddo of First American Title Insurance Co. talk with Celia Flowers of East Texas Title and Dennis Pospisil of Republic Title of Texas about how remote online notarizations have affected E&O coverage.

Resources

RON Explained

This video walks through the remote notarization process, which connects consumers and notaries using two-way audio and video conferencing technology.

State Laws Authorizing Remote e-Notarization

Emergency orders and guidance issued by states on RON do not necessarily conform with the ALTA-MBA model or RULONA standards for consumer protections and anti-fraud safeguards. The powers of entities to issue such orders should to be reviewed on a state-by-state basis. Prior to relying on any emergency order or guidance, you should contact your underwriter. 48 states and the District of Columbia have either passed a RON law or issued an executive order pertaining to remotely notarizing documents, some have done both.

Please email any additional orders or guidance not listed to eblosser@alta.org.

Years listed next to state names denote when RON laws were passed.

Nevada (2017)

New Hampshire (2021)

New Jersey

New Mexico (2021)

New York (2021) [pending]

North Carolina

North Dakota (2019)

Ohio (2018)

Oklahoma (2019)

Oregon (2021)

Pennsylvania (2020)

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota (2019)

Tennessee (2018)

Texas (2017)

Utah (2019)

Vermont (2018)

Virginia (2011)

Washington (2019)

West Virginia (2021)

Wisconsin (2020)

Wyoming

Federal Legislation

The Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act of 2020 (SECURE Notarization Act) would permit immediate nationwide use of remote online notary (RON) with minimum standards and provide certainty for the interstate recognition of RON.

States that have Passed Remote Online Notary Legislation (as of August 18, 2021)



Digital Closing Articles

Recent 2021 2020 2019

Digital Mortgage Closings Could be Legal in all 50 States by 2022, Expert Predicts
FOX Business  |  September 17, 2021

Some experts believe that eClosings could be legalized across all 50 states by 2022, as that process and remote online notarizations (RON) gain more traction. "There continues to be broad, bipartisan support in Congress for the SECURE Notarization Act, and we continue to educate policymakers, alongside a broad coalition of partners, about the importance of expanding access to remote online notarization nationwide with strong standards for its use by all consumers," said Chris Morton, American Land Title Association senior vice president of public affairs.

Mortgage E-closings Making Refinancing Easier Than Ever
FOX Business  |  August 13, 2021

The need to stay socially distant amid the coronavirus pandemic resulted in the increased emergence of digital mortgage closings. In fact, a new bill was recently introduced in Congress that would legalize RON in all 50 states. Diane Tomb, CEO of the American Land Title Association, said that by passing the SECURE Notarization Act, "we can take a much-needed step into the future by modernizing the notarization process with a secure system that has proven to meet consumer needs and expectations."

Consumers Call Remote Online Notarization Process Safe, Secure
August 5, 2021

According to a survey issued by ALTA member company Champion Title, 97% of consumers who closed on transactions in Virginia using RON said the process was safe and secure. Additionally, 95% said they would recommend the RON process to others. Read on.

RON Legislation Passed in Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon
HousingWire  |  August 2, 2021

The use of remote online notarization is now permitted in Illinois, New Jersey and Oregon, bringing the number of states with RON legislation up to 37. Legislation is also pending in New York and New Hampshire, according to the American Land Title Association.

37 States Now Have RON Legislation
July 29, 2021

Illinois, New Jersey and Oregon became the latest states to pass remote online notarization legislation. There are now 37 states that allow this type of digital closing. Legislation in New York and New Hampshire is pending, while awaiting the signature of each state’s governor.

ALTA Encourages Secretaries of State to Support SECURE Notarization Act
July 1, 2021

In a joint letter, ALTA and the Mortgage Bankers Association encouraged the National Association of Secretaries of State to support the bipartisan Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act, which has been reintroduced in the House and Senate.

Freddie Mac Issues RIN Guidance With Multi-factor Authentication Requirement
June 8, 2021

Most of Freddie Mac’s remote ink-signed notarizations (RIN) guidance mirrors what Fannie Mae issued except for a requirement for multi-factor authentication. Freddie's multi-factor criteria follow the MBA-ALTA and RULONA model acts, as well as the MISMO standards, while Fannie's audio-visual standards say that either two forms of signed government-issued identification be provided or two-factor authentication be used.

Fannie Mae Issues Guidance Regarding Remote Ink-signed Notarizations
June 3, 2021

Fannie Mae updated its Selling Guide announcing specific requirements for remote ink-signed notarizations (RIN) for loans issued on or after July 1. Fannie Mae added specific minimum standard audio-visual requirements for RIN.

How Digital Technology Changed The Face Of The Mortgage Industry
Forbes  |  May 14, 2021

The rise of digital technology ushered in a new era for the mortgage application process as borrowers took advantage of historically low interest rates and lenders embraced digital mortgages more than ever before. A new survey on borrowing and lending by ICE Mortgage Technology finds that the pandemic has permanently changed the way consumers utilize technology, and those looking to buy or refinance a home are seeking lenders who offer online tools to complete their mortgage loans from home.

10 Companies Now MISMO RON-Certified
April 20, 2021

Black Knight and Stavvy join eNotaryLog, Hercules Holding, Nexsys, Notarize, NotaryCam, Pavaso, Signix and Snapdocs to successfully complete the MISMO Remote Online Notarization (RON) certification.

Kansas Joins Growing List of States With RON Legislation
April 15, 2021

Kansas joined 31 other states passing legislation that authorizes the use of remote online notarization (RON).

Notarize Secures $130M in Funding to Fuel Growth of Digital Transaction
March 30, 2021

Through its role in giving consumers and businesses options to complete these transactions online, reported 800% year-over-year growth in volume in its real estate sector.