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Secretary Martin to Serve on National Task Force

Date: 4/5/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Chris Powell | chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057

Secretary Martin to Serve on National Task Force
Group to Study Remote Notarization Technologies & Standards

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin will be joining counterparts from across the country to serve on a new committee formed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).  Secretaries of State are joining forces with state notary professionals and private-sector notarization experts to announce the formation of the NASS Remote Notarization Task Force.

The task force, which includes representation from 19 states, is dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of the issues and policies surrounding the adoption of remote/video notarizations amongst states.

The NASS task force will solicit input on technology and trends from a group of private sector advisors. The task force will review technologies that facilitate remote notarizations, track state activity and develop possible proposals for NASS consideration.  

Arkansas began its electronic notarization, or eNotary, program in April 2014.  Secretary Martin said, “We pride our eNotary program on being more secure than traditional notarization by adhering to NASS electronic notarization standards which require a physical, in-person appearance at the time of each notarial act.”  

Martin added, “There are still some questions regarding remote notarization technology that we will be asking as the work of this task force progresses.”

Arkansas Notary Public Administrator Danielle Fusco will serve on the task force as well.

There are currently over 51,000 notaries public in good standing in Arkansas.

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