Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) appointed State Senator John Curran (R-Downers Grove) to the Notarization Task Force on Best Practice and Verification Standards to Implement Electronic Notarization on September 6.
“I’d really like to thank Leader Brady for offering me this innovative and exciting opportunity to advance Illinois’ progress in electronic business for the government and legal system,” said Curran. “Electronic notarization offers many competitive prospects for business, but it will require very careful review of all fraud-related concerns and safety measures before we can implement the new service. Our goal is to make electronic notarization equally safe—and more efficient—than scheduling time with a notary. I’m looking forward to working with the task force to provide a clear path to safe and effective implementation.”
In response to the increasing demand for an electronic or remote notarization process for online customers, the State of Illinois created the Notarization Task Force to determine the best practices for implementing an electronic notarization, as well as review security and fraud concerns.
The outlined goals for the task force are to investigate and provide recommendations to electronic notarization implementation that will increase the availability for notary publics, protect customers, and maintain the integrity of the notarization seal and signature. Additionally, the task force will investigate the standards for electronic notaries including encryption and decryption standards.
Curran will serve alongside 16 other members, who are appointed by the State Senate, the House of Representatives, the Secretary of State’s Office, and the Attorney General’s Office. The Task Force will meet at least five times between now and December 31, 2019, and must submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly no later than June 30, 2020.