AN ACT REQUIRING STATE AGENCIES TO ACCEPT ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES, NOTARIZATION, AND SEALS WITH RESPECT TO ANY BONDING REQUIREMENT OR BOND ISSUANCE.
Enacts GS 66-58.13 to require all State agencies to accept electronic signatures, electronic notary seals, and digital seals that accompany an electronic signature or notarization, with respect to any bonding requirement or bond issuance. Requires signatures and seals to comply with specified state law requirements regarding electronic signatures in government commerce and the Electronic Notary Act.
Authorizes public agencies to adopt an emergency rule to ensure the authenticity of any electronic signature, notarization, or seal authorized by the act if the adoption of a rule would otherwise be required under the Administrative Procedure Act, GS Chapter 150B.
Applies to any bonding requirement imposed or bond issuance authorized on or after October 1, 2021.
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