Emergency Rules regarding Remote Notarization

Updated: Feb 16, 2021

This was an email sent to all notaries in Hawaii regarding remote notarization during the COVID-19 emergency. Please see the email below for details on this topic.

Dear notaries,

Yesterday, Governor David Y. Ige issued Executive Order Number 20-02, which includes changes to the Hawaii Notary Public laws and allows for social distancing and waives the requirement of in-person notarization of documents, thereby authorizing use of audio-visual technology in notarial acts during the COVID-19 emergency.

To perform remote notarization, you must comply with the procedures and requirements in the Emergency Rules relating to Notaries Public, which is located on the Department of the Attorney General’s Notary Public website.

Please note that the Executive Order affects the Chapter 456, Hawaii Revised Statute (HRS) and related administrative rules only to the extent necessary to suspend any requirement that would require close physical contact to accomplish notary functions. All notaries public are still required to comply with any other requirements under the Chapter 456, HRS.

Thank you, Notary Public Office