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Pennsylvania temporarily suspends in-person notarization requirements for real estate sales

State Issues Covid-19 Pennsylvania Notary

State Issues

On March 25, the Pennsylvania Department of State issued a temporary suspension of regulations requiring in-person notaries for real estate transactions. The suspension applies to personal real estate transactions that were already in process prior to the announcement of emergency measures. The department also waived personal appearance requirements (subject to certain requirements) for commercial real estate transactions both prior to and during the crisis.  The department has approved three remote notarization providers: Doc-Verify, Safe-Docs, and Pavaso (for title companies).