The in-person requirement for notarizing documents is temporarily waived for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, Gov. Kim Reynolds declared this week. The requirements are subject to guidance provided by Iowa Secretary of Paul Pate. A new law allowing remote notarization in Iowa was scheduled to take effect on July 1. Reynolds’ declaration accelerates the timeline. “I’ve been a longtime advocate for remote notarization as long as the integrity measures are kept in place,” Pate said in a release. “During this crisis, waiving the in-person requirement is a necessity. We want to help Iowans conduct important business and other vital transactions while maintaining social distancing. Remote notarization will help commerce continue.” Notaries are required to register with the Iowa secretary of state before performing any remote notarial acts. A web application is available to complete and submit on the secretary of state website.