Remote Online Notarization
In response to an effort organized by the Missouri Land Title Association and assistance from many others in the industry, both Missouri and Kansas have authorized the use of electronic notarization during the COVID-19 crisis. The order authorizes the use of electronic notarization through the use of “Remote Online Notarization” (RON), which is entirely electronic; and the second through a video conference where the notary witnesses the wet-ink signature by video.
The full details of the process are still being ironed out. The Secretary of State has to authorize specific software systems, as well as approve existing notaries to notarize through these electronic means. Synergy Title has already sought approval for our notary closers. Once the software systems are approved by the state, our title insurance underwriters will provide guidance and rules for the use of such notarization.
Synergy Title has already engaged with a third-party RON provider. We are in the implementation process. Many lenders have still not approved the use of fully electronic loan documents, so there will likely still be a requirement for wet ink signatures on some documents.
As soon as Synergy Title is fully set up and able to offer RON, we will let you know. We anticipate
TWO KEY PIECES OF INFORMATION:
- Executive Order 20-08 allowing RON in Missouri expires May 15th, 2020. It may be extended in whole or in part. There is permanent RON legislation working through the House and Senate, but has not yet been approved.
- RON is NOW ALLOWED in Kansas.
Open For Business!
Please note that during these times of enhanced quarantines that Synergy Title Company is considered an “ESSENTIAL BUSINESS” and will remain open for business and closings, with the following restrictions: Our offices will remain locked – entry will be for scheduled appointments ONLY. Only SIGNERS will be allowed to attend closings. We will maintain proper six foot spacing between all parties, and have no physical contact. We will disinfect every surface area after each appointment. We will offer “Curbside Closings” – signers will remain in their vehicle and a Synergy employee will bring the relevant documents to your vehicle for signatures. NOTE: A telephone call with a Synergy closer MUST happen BEFORE this type of closing. All documents must be reviewed with a Synergy closer via telephone call BEFORE the Curbside Closing. PLEASE call your Synergy representative for more information. Remember: Synergy Title IS HERE FOR YOU – Please visit our website and social media sites for more information. #cleartoclose