Special Notice On Remote Notarization With Respect To Tangible Records

To be permitted to perform notarial acts with respect to tangible records using remote communication technology pursuant to KRS 423.455, you must notify the Secretary of State of your intention to do so and identify the communication technology platform you will be using pursuant to KRS 423.455(6). Submit your notification to SoSNotary@ky.gov with the following information.

Please include:

  • Your full name as it appears on your commission certificate.
  • Your current Notary ID # / Commission ID # and expiration date.
  • Your chosen communication technology.

The communication technology platform you select must be capable of recording each session and you must retain a copy of each session for a period of ten (10) years pursuant to KRS 423.455(5).

If the platform you select is not capable of fulfilling this requirement, you are not permitted to perform notarial acts remotely until you have notified the Secretary of State that you have selected a different communication technology platform that has this capability.

Each notary public intending to perform notarial acts with respect to tangible records using remote communication technology must be familiar with all requirements and limitations of KRS 423.455, including the requirement that the notary is located in this state and that the notarial certificate states that the notarial act involved the use of communication technology.

This does not permit you to perform notarial acts with respect to electronic records.

If you wish to perform notarial acts with respect to electronic records, either remotely or in person, you must comply with KRS 423.300 to 423.450, which requires the use of technology that renders the notarized electronic records tamper-evident.

To perform these types of notarizations, you must register with the Secretary of State here: Register to Notarize Electronically or Online