Commercial and contract surety bonds in Georgia can now be submitted with electronic seals and signatures. On June 11th, 2020 Governor Kemp released an executive order clarifying the Empowering a Healthy Georgia executive order. Section VIII- Governments, clarifies that state requirements which previously required raised seals for contract surety bonds or commercial bonds may be electronically sealed and signed if the bond is notarized in accordance to Executive Order 04.09.20.01 and the original bond document be provided within seven business days if requested. This executive order can be found here:
Georgia is one of many government entities adapting to the health risks posed of COVID-19. On April 30th, 2020 the U.S. Department of Defense allowed deviations from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). The deviation includes allowing for electronic seals and signatures for bond forms submitted for federal construction work – form SF24, SF25, and SF25A. On May 21st, 2020 the SBA issued a notice allowing for electronic signatures to be accepted for bonds and bond documents issued through the Surety Bond Guarantee Program (SBG).