E-Notarization now allowed in Washington State

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

e-notarization allowed in Washington State


This week, Washington State’s Governor Inslee signed an emergency proclamation allowing e-notarizations.  Our Washington REALTORS® and other organizations worked to accelerate this order, which was already planned to be in place by October 1st of this year, but was moved up to now due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current Stay Home, Stay Safe mandate issued earlier this week.


E-Notarizations have been available for cash buyers, but now all parties to a transaction will be able to e-sign and have the notary stamp the documents electronically.


The signers will need to appear before the notary through a Skype-like technology and will still need to provide acceptable identification but this is a huge step to maintain social distancing yet still be able to close current transactions.


This emergency e-notarization is effective for 30 days.  Washington REALTORS® will continue to work with the Governor’s Office, and if necessary, the Legislature, to ensure that e-notarization can continue.


As this is new for many escrow companies, some are still working out the details but others in our area are up to speed with this.


I’m happy to see the adaption and openness to find solutions from our REALTOR® community.  Many buyers and sellers can put their real estate moves on hold for the next couple of weeks, but others cannot, so I’m very proud of the quick work of the Governor’s Office. 


Real estate brokers across Washington State are not to conduct any in-person business for the next two weeks but this accelerated order is helping our clients who are under contract close on their homes.

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Francine Viola, Realtor
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Serving Buyers and Sellers in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and Thurston County, WA

Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc.  |  Olympia, WA


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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Francine... that is fantastic news... and should help alleviate issues relating to the corona virus.

Mar 26, 2020 10:44 AM
Francine Viola

Hi Nina Hollander - we are in a scramble to close current transactions, so this should help relieve the pressure.

Mar 27, 2020 03:52 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I think this is great news. When we're all done with this, I believe we will have discovered a lot of new innovations.

Mar 26, 2020 08:16 PM
Francine Viola

Hi Mimi Foster - there are good things that come out of tragedies.  It certainly forces innovation. Thanks for stopping by!

Mar 27, 2020 03:51 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Francine Viola - That's good news! 

Here in Texas we follow Subchapter C of Section 406 of the Texas Government Code that provides online information about E-Notarization. 

Mar 27, 2020 04:08 PM
Francine Viola

Texas is way ahead of our curve!   

Mar 27, 2020 04:30 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That's great news, Francine. And progress!


Apr 05, 2020 05:57 PM