Current through Public Acts 1-76 and 78-91 of the 2021 Session
Section 55.286d - [Expires 6/30/3021] Use of electronic records and signatures; use of 2-way real-time audiovisual technology; applicability of section(1) Beginning April 30, 2020, it is the intent of the legislature that, governmental agencies and officials of this state are encouraged to use or permit the use of electronic records and electronic signatures to transact business, process applications, and recognize the validity of legal instruments, and, when a notarized signature is required by a law of this state, to use a notary public who performs notarial acts electronically under this act.(2) Beginning April 30, 2020, it is the intent of the legislature that, any requirement under the law of this state that an in-person witness attests to or acknowledges an instrument, record, or deed is satisfied by the use of 2-way real-time audiovisual technology in accordance with section 26c.(3) Beginning April 30, 2020, it is the intent of the legislature that, any requirement that an individual appears personally before or be in the presence of either a notary public at the time of a notarization or a witness at the time of an attestation or acknowledgment is satisfied if the individual, the witnesses, or the notary public are not in the physical presence of each other but can communicate simultaneously by 2-way real-time audiovisual technology in accordance with section 26c at the time of the notarization, attestation, or acknowledgment.(4) This section does not apply after June 30, 2021.Amended by 2020, Act 336,s 3, eff. 12/29/2020.Added by 2020, Act 249,s 6, eff. 11/5/2020.