An Act authorizing electronic signatures on search warrant applications


After drafting an affidavit to support to request a search warrant, a physical copy of the necessary documents must be transported to the home of an on call clerk magistrate or judge. Current statute requires a handwritten signature for search warrants, often causing logistical delays in the midst of time sensitive investigations. This bill would eliminate the requirement of a ‘wet’ signature and authorize electronic signatures when necessary. Electronic signatures for search warrants have been enacted in many states, including California, Maryland, Washington, Minnesota, Arizona and Louisiana.