Often times, virtual notarizations are not allowed and in-person ones are mandated by local law. Most US states already allow virtual notarizations.
Massachusetts, on the other hand, was not one such state. Now, however, with the recent Covid-19 pandemic, this state has joined the majority of others by taking advantage of the technical advantages that this world has to offer.
This Act, which allows for virtual notarizations, is for now temporary. However, it will be interesting to see if it will stick around and make life easier for both notaries and clients. For further reading please see