For immediate release:                  April 10, 2020

Contact:                                          Maura Browning, Communications Director

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 Ashcroft Announces Approved Electronic Notary Vendors      

 Jefferson City, Mo. — On April 6, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 20-08, suspending a statutory requirement that a Notary Public must conduct the notarization of official documents while the signer appears personally in front of him or her.

 Today, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced the first of what is expected to be several approved vendors capable of providing the audio-video services required to conduct electronic notarization. Additional approvals are anticipated in the coming days. Missouri’s current list of approved vendors is available on the Secretary of State’s website at https://www.sos.mo.gov/ElectronicNotary.

 “I am pleased to make this temporary electronic notary service available to Missouri’s nearly 70,000 notaries,” Ashcroft said. “During this time when we are maintaining physical distance from each other, I am glad to be able to implement this new service just a few days removed from the Governor’s Executive Order to help protect the health and safety of notaries and those of us who need notarization services.”

The Application for Electronic Notary form is available online. Applications may be completed and emailed to [email protected]. Applicants will receive a confirmation email when the application has been processed and approved.

Questions about the suspension of the personal appearance requirement may be directed to the commissions unit within the Business Services Division by emailing [email protected] or calling (573) 751-2783.

If you are not a notary in Missouri and wish to become one, visit the Secretary of State’s Notary web page and click “Become a Notary Public” in the left side bar.

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 Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.