Stay-at-Home Order

On April 3, 2020, the Alabama State Health Officer issued an Order requiring “every person” to stay at home except to perform “essential activities” as defined. “Essential businesses and operations” include “financial services, including banks and related financial institutions, credit unions, payday lenders, businesses that process credit card and other financial transactions, and other services related to financial markets.” The Order is in effect from April 4 to April 30, 2020.

Alabama Governor Authorizes Remote Notary Services

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a proclamation authorizing certain notaries to notarize signatures through videoconferencing programs. The complete order can be viewed here.

The text of the proclamation related to notaries reads:

III. Notaries and witnesses

Because person-to-person contact increases the risk of transmitting COVID-19, I find that it would promote the safety and protection of the civilian population to adopt measures that reduce the necessity of in-person meetings. To that end:

A. Notaries in Alabama who are licensed attorneys or operating under the supervision of licensed attorneys may notarize signatures through videoconferencing programs and confirm the signatures of witnesses who participate virtually through videoconferencing as though they were physically present at the signing.

B. Any person who witnesses a document through videoconference technology may be considered an “in person” witness, provided that the presence and identity of such witnesses are validated by the notary at the time of the signing by the same identifications required under current law.

C. The official date and time of the notarization shall be the date and time when the notary witnesses the signature via the videoconferencing technology. All documents must be returned to the notary for certification and execution.