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Remote Online Notarizations (RON) is becoming a part of tech tools.
Remote Online Notarization allows individuals, banks, law firms and other businesses to connect with a notary over the internet. Authorized state commissioned online notaries can now notarize electronic documents for signers located anywhere in the world over a secure audio-video connection.
During this time of uncertainty, many people are opting to stay home. The demand for E-notary services have risen, catching law firms (and other businesses) unprepared.
“E-notary” is a term often used to describe an electronic or remote notary. E-notaries are commissioned separately from regular notaries and require extra security measures and stricter record keeping. While someone can be both an electronic and remote notary, they are not the same thing. Electronic notarization is similar to a traditional notarization with all parties present in the same physical room but with the documents executed via electronic signature. Remote Online Notarization, also called RON, takes place over the internet with parties using webcams. This is now completely legal in some states. (See below).
When most people think of E-notary they think of RON. This process is simple and can keep you or your client from having to leave their home or office. This is an email driven process. There are several ways to accomplish this process. The notary will send out an email with instructions on how to proceed, including a special identity authentication called KBA (knowledge bases authentication) which can be completed very quickly. At the time of the online appointment, after identities are verified and signatures have been placed, the notary will add their seal. Once this happens, the recording stops and all parties immediately receive an email with their new notarized document.
If your client happens to be out of state at the time of the appointment, no worries, there are no restrictions on the signer’s location. A signer literally can be anywhere in the world and still get their document notarized remotely.
Currently, there are 27 states that have enacted some form of remote online notarization (RON) law: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota*, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
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Remote online notary appointments are for anyone that need important documents notarized.
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