PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING
[Filed March 3, 2020, 4:12 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 308-30 WAC, Notaries public.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 42.45.250
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rule changes are necessary to update the WAC to incorporate changes required by SB 5641 to establish new rules for remote notarization by notary licensees. SB 5641 is effective October 1, 2020, and was passed by the 2019 legislature which allows a Washington notary public to perform remote notarization.
Process for Developing New Rule: Department staff will converse with interested stakeholders on proposed amendments. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to discuss at public meetings, provide written comments and can provide testimony at the public meeting.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jeanne Lockhart, Department of Licensing, Business and Professions Division, Notary Program, P.O. Box 9027, Olympia, WA 98507-9027, phone 360-664-1550, TTY 711, email email@example.com, website www.dol.wa.gov.
March 3, 2020