147.543 Commission as electronic notary public; registration.

(A) Before a currently commissioned and appointed notary public may use an electronic communications device to satisfy the acknowledgment requirements under sections 147.51 to 147.58 of the Revised Code, the notary public shall submit a registration form established by the secretary of state to be commissioned as an electronic notary public. The secretary may establish a reasonable fee, not to exceed five dollars, for submitting and processing the registration form. The registration form shall include all of the following information and be transmitted electronically to the secretary of state:

(1) The notary public's full legal name and official notary public name;

(2) A description of the technology the notary public will use to create an electronic signature in performing official acts;

(3) Certification of compliance with electronic notary public standards developed in accordance with division (B) of section 147.542 of the Revised Code;

(4) The electronic mail address of the notary public;

(5) The signature of the notary public applying to use the electronic signature described in the form;

(6) Any decrypting instructions, codes, keys, or software that allow the registration to be read; and

(7) Any other information the secretary of state may require.

(B) The secretary of state may deny a registration for an electronic notary public if any of the required information is missing or incorrect on the registration form, or if the technology the notary public identifies as being the technology the notary public will use is not approved by the secretary.

(C) An electronic notary public's term shall expire and may be renewed at the same time the notary public's commission expires under section 147.03 of the Revised Code.

(D) Nothing in division (A) of this section shall be construed to prevent a registered and commissioned electronic notary public from using updated technology during the term of the notary public's commission. If the notary public uses updated technology, the notary public shall notify the secretary of state electronically within ninety days of installation or use of the updated technology and provide a brief description of that technology.

Cite as R.C. § 147.543

Added by 132nd General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 49, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2017.