" To any Georgia notary left with the question, “Are we RON yet?” Sadly, the answer is, “NO”. "
Notaries across Georgia have been holding their breaths waiting for news on the remote online notarization (RON) legislation. There has been a great deal of confusion around the issue, with some notaries saying that they were able to include RON in their services and others were not.
Governor Kemp’s executive order first issued in April 2020 allowed for remote notarization and witnessing due to the Public Health State of Emergency in Georgia. The stipulations were clear. The notary public had to be an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia or operating under the supervision of an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia.
With COVID still impacting communities throughout Georgia, the Governor’s executive order was renewed for a final time on March 21st (Executive Order 03.21.22.01). However, the executive order expired on April 15.
So as of April 15, 2022, the Governor ended the state of emergency in Georgia and all of the provisions that were made under those executive orders (including temporary RON activities in Georgia) ended as well.
To any Georgia notary left with the question, “Are we RON yet?” Sadly, the answer is, “NO”.
Georgia notaries, now is our time to get together to work with our colleagues to encourage the legislature to advocate for RON legislation to be passed in 2023. Stay tuned for more information on how you can get engaged and help bring RON to Georgia over the coming months.
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