Kudos to all of the title agents, attorneys, and real estate brokers who have been figuring out how to get their New Jersey deals closed during this time of quarantine and social distancing. As essential services under Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 107, New Jersey’s real estate and title insurance industries are able to continue operations by following CDC guidelines for distancing, sanitary, and safety measures.
The concerns of a few weeks ago over searching and recording disruptions have not materialized. The New Jersey Land Title Association continues to provide
on the status of the 21 County recording offices.
There has been some additional activity in the state legislature regarding remote on-line notarization. A new bill was introduced in the Senate
that would allow remote notarial acts on a temporary basis during the state of emergency declared by the Governor’s Executive Order 103 of 2020. Should the terms of that bill become NJ law, we will advise and review the terms and requirements. Prior New Jersey Assembly Bills A3903 and A3864, also addressing remote notarization, have not been enacted.
In addition to the renewed activity in New Jersey, the
Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic (SECURE) Notarization Act of 2020
has been introduced at the federal level [S 3533]. While CATIC Title supports the efforts to enact State RON legislation, we do not support the federal bill. To learn more and share your voice on the SECURE Notarization Act, please
CATIC Title will continue to provide updates and post relevant information on our website. We remain available to assist with any issue or concern and will respond immediately to any e-mail sent to