In the last few weeks, Florida has passed a couple bills surrounding remotely executed transactions.
2021 FL HB 121 adds allowances for remote notarization in administering court related oaths, clarifies the notary’s rights in selecting remote notarization technology, extends acceptable forms of foreign identification, clarifies notary record keeping requirements, adjusts fee limits, and addresses data privacy concerns of signers using remote notarization services. These changes become effective January 1, 2022.
2021 FL HB 483 retroactively brings additional notarial acts in line with the general regulatory framework. It adjusts definitions and requirements to allow probate documents to be remotely notarized and notably, it also allows for remote witnessing overseen by an online notary. This takes retroactive effect from January 1, 2020.