On October 15th, 2020 the MN House and Senate passed House File 15 allowing Remote Ink-signed Notarization. Generally that means a Notary can send documents to the signer/s and make an appointment to Identify the signers with appropriate ID on the screen and audio, and walk them through and watch the ink-signing of documents via audio-visual communication (smart phone, tablet or computer). The signers would then return the signed documents to the notary who would add the notarial signature and seal.  No physical contact, just virtual contact.

Details as to RIN’s use and mechanics can be found at this link: HF15                                                                                               RIN allows documents to be notarized via video conferencing including Zoom, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc. with RIN Standards, being must less stringent than the requirements of RON, until 60 days after Governor Walz’s current COVID-19 peacetime emergency declaration expires on January 6th, 2021.  After that, the Remote Online Notary Statute will presumably, take over. or we will be back to Independent Signing Agent Closers returning to people’s homes for the signing and notarizing of loan documents until Covid subsists..

These changes are likely to be the Legislature’s final major fiscal actions before the 2021 session begins in January. Much of the next session will be devoted to the state budget and it is unknown if the Remote Ink-signed Notary (RIN) will be allowed.

Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac Comments:. See there statement here.