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Remote Online Notarization Standards
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING
The Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State (“Office”) hereby gives notice that the Office will conduct a public hearing on the described rules below.
The public hearing will be held on October 28, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, at the State Capitol Building located at 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501 in Room 317. Every effort will be made to ensure that this hearing will be live streamed on the Office’s website. The public hearing allows members of the public an opportunity to submit data, testimony, and arguments in person on the proposed rule changes detailed below. All comments will be recorded by a court reporter.
The purpose of this hearing is to obtain public input on new rules relevant to the 2021 passage of the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts [14-14A-1 to 14-14A-32 NMSA 1978] which is effective beginning January 1, 2022. The new rules shall be codified as:
Additionally, the purpose of the hearing is to obtain public input on repealing 12.9.2 NMAC Performing Electronic Notarial Acts.
12.9.3 NMAC Notarial Procedures
Authority: Section 14-14A-26 NMSA 1978
Purpose: The purpose of this rule is to establish standards, guidelines, procedures, fees and to define the duties and responsibilities for notarial officers under the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts.
Summary of Full Text: Section 220.127.116.11 NMAC defines key terms including “electronic record,” “in-person electronic notarization,” “notary seal,” “remote online notarization,” “tamper evident,” “tangible copy,” and “tangible record.” Section 18.104.22.168 NMAC provides the process for applying for or renewing a notary public commission including the established application fees. Section 22.214.171.124 NMAC provides the condition under which a notary public’s commission automatically expires. Section 126.96.36.199 NMAC provides the process for suspending or revoking a notary public commission. Section 188.8.131.52 NMAC provides the procedures and requirements for providing training and the required examination course. Section 184.108.40.206 NMAC sets the maximum fees that may be charged by a notarial officer. Section 220.127.116.11 NMAC provides the requirements for notarial procedures. Section 18.104.22.168 NMAC provides requirements of a notarial officer to prevent fraud and mistakes. Section 22.214.171.124 NMAC provides requirements for the appearance of the official stamp. Section 126.96.36.199 NMAC provides requirements for maintaining a notarial journal. Section 188.8.131.52 NMAC provides requirements for non-commissioned notarial officers.
12.9.4 NMAC Remote Online Notarization Standards
Authority: In accordance with Subsection H of Sections 14-14A-5 and 14-14A-26 NMSA 1978, the secretary of state has the authority to promulgate rules for notaries public to perform notarial acts for remotely located individuals using communication technology.
Purpose: The purpose of this rule is to establish uniform standards of performance and governance of notarial acts for remotely located individuals by use of communication technology under the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts.
Summary of Full Text: Section 184.108.40.206 NMAC defines key terms including “communication technology,” “identity proofing,” “knowledge-based authentication,” “public key infrastructure,” and “remote notarization system provider.” Section 220.127.116.11 NMAC provides the process for applying to perform remote online notarizations including the established application fees. Section 18.104.22.168 NMAC provides the procedures and requirements for providing training and the required examination course. Section 22.214.171.124 NMAC provides the process for performing remote online notarial acts. Section 126.96.36.199 NMAC provides the methodology used by notary public authorized to perform remote online notarizations to ensure the identity of a remotely located individual. Section 188.8.131.52 NMAC establishes the requirements for the audiovisual communication technology utilized to perform remote online notarizations. Section 184.108.40.206 NMAC provides the requirements for the electronic signature and stamp utilized by notary publics authorized to perform remote online notarizations. Section 220.127.116.11 NMAC provides requirements audio visual record retention. Section 18.104.22.168 NMAC provides requirements for maintaining a notarial journal by notary publics authorized to perform remote online notarizations. Section 22.214.171.124 NMAC provides requirements for an online certificate for a remote notarial act. Section 126.96.36.199 NMAC establishes standards for remote notarization system providers. Section 188.8.131.52 NMAC provides requirements for non-commissioned notarial officers to be authorized to perform remote online notarizations. Section 184.108.40.206 NMAC provides guidance regarding how commissioned notary publics with an appointment date prior to the effective date of the new law to become authorized to perform remote online notarizations.
Repeal of 12.9.2 NMAC Performing Electronic Notarial Acts
Purpose: 12.9.2 NMAC is based on previous law that is no longer applicable and must be repealed.
Details for Obtaining a Copy of Rule and Submitting Oral or Written Comments: Copies of the proposed rule are available on the Office’s website at www.sos.state.nm.us or can be obtained from the Business Services Division by calling (505) 827-3600 or emailing email@example.com. The proposed rule is also available on the New Mexico Sunshine Portal. Interested individuals may provide oral or written comments at the public hearing.
Before the public hearing, written comments may be sent to Kari Fresquez, Director of Legislative and Executive Affairs, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (505) 827-3611, or by regular mail at Attn: Kari Fresquez – proposed rule, The Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State, 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300, Santa Fe, NM 87501. The deadline to receive written comment is 11:00 am on October 28, 2021. All written public comments will be posted on the website throughout the written comment period at: www.sos.state.nm.us.
Any person with a disability who needs a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing should contact (505) 827-3600 or email email@example.com at least five (5) business days prior to the hearing.