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Has any relief been provided related to notary services rules and requirements due to COVID-19?
Yes. Public Acts 246-249 of 2020 together allow for the remote signing, witnessing, notarization, and recording of certain documents from April 30, 2020, through December 31, 2020. The laws amend the Estates and Protected Individuals Code, the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act, and the Michigan Law on Notarial Acts, respectively. To a large extent, the bills put into law the provisions of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-187, encouraging the use of electronic signatures and remote notarization, witnessing, and visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-187 (COVID-19)
Senate Fiscal Agency Bill Analysis H.B. 6294-6297: Summary of House-Passed Bill (Passed by the Senate without amendment and approved by the Governor)