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Maine Extends Remote Notarization Provisions

July 09, 2021 – JDSupraWeiner Brodsky Kider PC– Maine Extends Remote Notarization Provisions

Maine recently enacted H.P. 1033, which, among other things, temporarily extends the state’s remote notarization provisions.

H.P. 1033 continues the effects of Executive Order 37 FY 19/20 (EO 37), which, in part, temporarily authorized remote notarizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  EO 37’s temporary remote notarization provisions were set to expire 30 days after the termination of the COVID-19 state of emergency.  H.P. 1033 extends those remote notarization provisions until January 1, 2023.

Additionally, H.P. 1033 directs the Secretary of State to conduct a study on remote and online notarizations, develop recommendations for their permanent implementation, and submit a report to the state legislature by February 1, 2022.  H.P. 1033 became effective on June 23, 2021.