Utah passed House Bill 52 on March 25, 2019. Taking effect on November 1st, 2019, the bill modifies the Notaries Public Reform Act by allowing for remote notarization where a notary does not physically have to be present to perform notarization on a document. Additionally, the bill requires notaries to undergo a background check when applying for their commission as a notary.
What is remote notarization?
The language of the bill defines remote notarization as a notarial act performed by a remote notary for an individual who is not in the physical presence of the remote notary at the time the notarial act is performed. Different from traditional notarization, which requires a notary public to sign and notarize documents in person, remote notaries in Utah are required to create an audio and video recording of the performance of each remote notarization and store the recording in an electronic journal.
How to become a notary in Utah
To become a notary in Utah, an application process must be conducted to approve an individual for his or her notarial commission. The application is sent to the lieutenant governor for approval, and anyone meeting the qualifications will be approved. To qualify for a notarial commission, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
- 18 years or older
- United States citizen
- Lawfully reside in Utah for at least 30 days prior to submitting an application
- Ability to read, write, and understand English
If all the above requirements are met, individuals must then complete the steps necessary to be commissioned as a notary:
- Study and pass the exam, which costs $95
- Print, sign, and date the application
- Obtain a notary bond in the amount of $5,000
- Have the Oath of Office (issued with the bond) notarized
- Submit the application, original bond, and notarized oath to the office of the lieutenant governor
When house bill 52 takes effect, the application and certification for remote notaries will be available to all current notaries. Until November 1, 2019, no remote notarizations may be performed.
How much does a Utah notary bond cost?
A bond in the amount of $5,000 is required to protect any parties financially harmed in a situation where a notary fails to correctly complete a notarization in accordance with all rules and regulations. These bonds are issued instantly online and cost $50.
Additionally, a separate $5,000 bond must be obtained for those desiring to become a remote notary. Although the bond is for remote notarization, the cost remains the same.
Utah notaries also have the option to include errors and omissions coverage with their surety bond which protects notaries from being held personally responsible for any mistakes made.
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Utah notary bonds are issued instantly and can be purchased for just $50, and errors and omissions coverage is available for an additional premium. Visit Suretybonds.com or call 1 (800) 308-4358 to speak with an expert and get your Utah notary bond today.