The Voice • October 2016
On August 28th, 2016, legislation within Missouri was passed that allows for public notaries to work in a new manner: electronically. The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act permits acceptable use of electronic seals and signatures on official documents, it states that “if a signature or record is required to be notarized, the requirement is satisfied.” 
The proper procedural requirements of the public notary will remain the same, only now the notary will be permitted with the use of electronic seals and signatures on electronic documents. 
For land recording offices this means that accepting eRecordings, especially Model III, will be even more beneficial. With Model III eRecording, a physical paper document is never used within a real estate transaction. With this legislation in place, a public notary is able to perform their duties without the need for the physical document, taking the process one step closer to a truly paperless transaction. This legislation has passed and is now legal within Missouri, but the official regulations and requirements still need to be finalized.
Other states that currently permit eNotarization: AR, CO, IA, IN, MN, NC, OR, PA, VA, WV (In these states the notary is required to register as an electronic notary. Some states may require additional training).