Electronic notary public; evidence of identity in case of an electronic notarization. (HB529)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Nixon (R-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electronic notary public; evidence of identity; requirements.  Allows, in the case of an electronic notarization, for satisfactory evidence of the identity of a signer to be based on biometric data and a Personal Identity Verification card issued in accordance with standards established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. An electronic notarization may be made even though the signer is not in the presence of the notary if the notary relies on such evidence. The bill also eliminates the requirement that electronic notaries submit with their registration various specific information regarding the device used to create an electronic signature. The bill also clarifies that a person commissioned as an electronic notary need not first be commissioned as a notary. Read the Bill »


03/01/2010: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103767D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on Science and Technology
01/27/2010Reported from Science and Technology with amendments (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2010Read first time
01/29/2010Passed by for the day
02/01/2010Passed by for the day
02/02/2010Passed by for the day
02/03/2010Passed by for the day
02/04/2010Read second time
02/04/2010Committee amendments rejected
02/04/2010Amendments by Delegate Nixon agreed to
02/04/2010Engrossed by House as amended HB529E
02/04/2010Printed as engrossed 10103767D-E
02/08/2010Read third time and passed House (93-Y 4-N)
02/08/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (93-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/11/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB529)
02/11/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB529E)
03/01/2010Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


Virginia ITSP Association, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Administration, Technology - Biometrics

marsha maines writes:

a notary that does NOT have to go under Oath? why?