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Emergency Legislation Authorizes Use of Remote Notaries in Massachusetts

By Keirsa K. Johnson and Sarah M. Waelchli


UPDATE June 16, 2021:

This morning, Governor Baker signed legislation extending certain pandemic-era policies. Among those policies was the law permitting remote notarizations. Remote notarization will now be permitted in Massachusetts until December 15, 2021.


On April 27, 2020, Governor Baker signed into law emergency legislation permitting virtual notarization of documents during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Prior to the new law, notaries and witnesses had to be in the physical presence of the person signing a document but now they may use online video conference services in order to maintain social distancing. 

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