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).

Senate Bill 106, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2022, passed the state’s second chamber on April 8.

The legislation is based on the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA) as well as the ALTA-MBA model RON bill. The legislation allows for a notary in Kansas to perform a notarial act facilitated by communication technology if several requirements are met.

According to the bill, a notary in Kansas may use RON technology if the notary public

  • has personal knowledge of the identity of the individual;
  • has satisfactory evidence of the identity of the individual by oath; or
  • affirmation from a credible witness appearing before the notary public or has obtained satisfactory evidence of the identity of the individual by using at least two different types of identity proofing.

An audio-video recording of the notarial act must be made by the notary or a person acting on behalf of the notary.

There are additional requirements if the remotely located individual is located outside the United States.

In December, an ALTA survey of RON vendors showed a 547 percent increase in the use of this technology in 2020 compared to 2019.

Contact ALTA at 202-296-3671 or communications@alta.org.