The age of the internet is changing not only how we communicate but also how we get important business done. Now, a mobile notary can take care of many important personal tasks for you, including closing a home loan. But there are many different options when it comes to remote notaries, so what is the difference between them? Further, how does electronic notarization work?
Read below to understand all your options for getting documents signed remotely.
Remote online notarization (RON)
Remote Online Notarization (RON) is a form of notarization done online. It is done through an online notary service and can be performed over a secure connection between the parties involved in the transaction.
The RON process includes:
An individual or business applies for RON status with their local government authority, which then works with them to ensure they meet all requirements for being granted RON status.
Once approved, this person or business will receive credentials from their state that allow them to perform remote online notarial acts on behalf of others in their state.
They may also need to be licensed by another state if they plan to perform remote acts there.
How do I sign up for a remote online notary service?
If you are interested in getting an online notary, you first need to sign up with a reputable company. You can find many online companies that offer remote notary services. When looking for one, ensure they have been certified and have some background information about them on their website. The next step is providing your personal information such as name, address and payment information like credit card details, among others. You will also have to provide contact information such as your email address or phone number and physical address along with other details like birth date and signature
How does electronic notarization work?
Electronic notarization is an alternative to notarial certification, where a private individual can provide their own signature and seal to verify a document. This notarization method is becoming more popular because it eliminates the need for a physical notary, which can be expensive and time-consuming.
The benefits of electronic notarization are that it is faster, cheaper and more secure than traditional notarial methods.
Electronic notarization uses a digital signature to authenticate an electronic signature. This means the notary can confirm that the document’s signer is who they claim to be without physically seeing the signer’s identity.
Mobile notary services are available in many states. However, mobile notaries charge less than traditional notaries and can be faster and more convenient. Mobile notary services are a great choice for people who need to sign documents while away from home or for anyone who has trouble getting to their local notary office.
How do I sign up with a mobile notary?
You can sign up with a mobile notary in person, by phone, or by mail.
Signing up for mobile notary services online is the easiest way to begin using these services. Many states require you to have an account with one of the largest mobile notary companies before they let you use their services. This is because they want to ensure that your identity and address are verified before allowing you access to their network of local professionals who can legally provide this kind of service on your behalf.
Some states allow citizens to sign up for remote signatures if they want or need it done immediately. However, this is not always allowed due to security concerns around fraud and identity theft.
If you live in one of the areas where remote signing is not allowed but still want it done quickly, using a company could help solve that problem too. Always ensure any paperwork has been properly filled out before submitting anything remotely. There may be consequences like invalidating any document later down the road when needed most, which would defeat your initial goal.
Do all states in the US support remote online notarization?
Most states in the US now allow remote online notarization, but not all of them. Make sure you check out whether remote online notarization is allowed in your state. In fact, some states only allow it if you have an attorney or government official performing the service. You should always check if your state allows this document verification method before proceeding with any documents that require authentication and certification.
The differences between traditional notarization and new digital methods are important to keep in mind. Traditional notarization can be low-cost and fairly reliable, especially if you have a relationship with someone familiar with your surroundings. Traditional notarization is near impossible when you are out of the state or the country. Remote notarization involves a more flexible schedule and a broader pool of available notaries, but it still requires both parties to be present.