Vermont Remote Notarization Rules
On March 24, 2020, the Vermont Secretary of State issued emergency administrative rules permitting signers and notaries to satisfy the personal appearance requirement for the notarization of documents through video conference technology. The video conference technology must:
- Allow for live interaction between the signer(s) and the notary public;
- Be of such quality that clear visual observation of the face of each participant and clear visual observation of the identification being provided; and
- Have an audio-visual recording function such that the notary public can record the meeting between the Remotely Located Individual and the notary public. It appears that Skype and some other video conference technology has a recording function.
In order to perform a notarization in this manner, the other requirements are as follows:
- The signer must be in Vermont.
- The Notary must verify the signer’s identity either through personal knowledge, a credible witness or 2 different types if identification presented by the signer.
a. The two forms of identification must include:
- At least one of the following that is current or expired within the past three (3) years:
- a passport;
- a driver's license;
- a government-issued non-driver identification card; or
- another form of government identification issued to an individual, which contains the signature or a photograph of the individual, and is satisfactory to the notary public.