Gov. Abbott Extends Emergency Use of Remote Ink-Signed Notarization (RIN)
Temporary suspension of statute extended until June 30


May 29, 2020

On May 21, TLTA sent a letter to Gov. Abbott requesting he modify the emergency executive action that allows the temporary use of Remote Ink-Signed Notarization (RIN) by extending the original May 30 termination date. We were informed that the governor granted that request at 1:30 p.m. today, extending the period of time during which RIN can be used to June 30, 2020.
While there's no official notice or press release available to share with you regarding the extension of this emergency executive action, we wanted to make you aware of the extension because the existing approval or RIN expires May 30. As soon as official notice is available, we’ll post it in the special RIN section on our COVID-19 page and report it in Dateline.
These are the conditions that apply whenever this suspension is invoked under the existing order. Again, if new guidance is issued, we will post it to our website immediately and report on it in Dateline.
Giving Texas consumers the opportunity to continue choosing RIN further enhances our industry's ability to serve the public with great efficiency and safety. Since the governor granted our original request, title professionals have worked within the guidelines made part of the suspension with success and confidence in its security, helping ensure the integrity of real estate transactions statewide, and that good work will be allowed to continue through June 30 under the governor's action today.
Following TLTA's request in April, Gov. Abbott temporarily suspended traditional notary regulations to allow for temporary use of RIN under COVID-19 public health protocols. Under RIN, a "wet signature" is still used, but the signature is witnessed by a notary via video and audio channels, and the notary seal is affixed at a later time.
TLTA Is Grateful Gov. Abbott Adopted Our Proposed Solution
We are grateful for the governor's leadership on this special accommodation to support our state's real estate economy. TLTA also appreciates the support of our related industry partners in this effort.
Learn More Via Our Complimentary RIN Webinar 
A record-setting 730 registrants participated in Remote Witnessing of Wet Signature Notarizations, a complimentary webinar presented by TLTA President-Elect John Bruce that walks through the steps of RIN and the prescribed procedures for staying compliant.  
If you don't need CE but you want to learn about RIN, you can watch a free recording of this webinar here. To earn escrow credit for this course, register for the complimentary on-demand version
You can also learn more about the temporary use of RIN in the special RIN section on our COVID-19 page.
If you have questions or comments, please contact us at or 512.472.6593.