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Free Notarizations for Hurricane Harvey Victims

At Notarize, we’ve watched in shock along with the rest of the country at the devastation caused by the flooding in Texas. Several team members have friends and family suffering from the storm and our deepest sympathies go out to all those affected by this terrible catastrophe.

Like many in America, we’ve wondered both individually and collectively how we can do our part to help. Frankly, we weren’t exactly sure what that would be, but our team has been searching for ways we could make life even a little easier for those who have lost everything.

It turns out that there are several forms that must be notarized after a natural disaster. We don’t know all of the forms, but some may be required by FEMA or other Federal, State or Local government agencies. For example, FEMA may require savings bond replacement forms to be notarized. We are certain many more will emerge as people attempt to process their insurance claims for items that were destroyed in the flooding or salvage other lost property.

If you are a flood victim or suffered other damage from the storm and need a Federal, State or Local agency form notarized, we will offer the notarization to you for free.

To ensure we can help people immediately, we haven’t built separate tools to handle these requests. So, just go ahead and connect with one of the notaries on our platform. They will be trained to flag documents related to the storm and damage in Texas. For now, you’ll need to pay for the notarization and we will then refund you for the entire cost [we’ll process these refunds daily]. If people start to use this service at scale, we’ll build something to improve upon this.

If you have a form in connection with the storm that is required to be notarized by a private company or institution other than a Federal, State or Local agency, please alert our customer support team at support@notarize.com. We will contact the company to see if they’d like to arrange payment for your notarization on our platform.

Our hearts break for the people in and around Texas, Louisiana and other affected areas. Texas recently became the second state [behind Virginia] to enact online notarization for their notaries. We are planning to come to Texas later this year to open operations and become a part of the community.

Our mission is to help people execute the most important transactions of their lives. We have always envisioned that to be centered around important milestones and moments of joy, like buying your first home. Unfortunately, life isn’t always like that. No matter, we’re still going to be here for you when you need us.

We’re online 24x7.

- Pat, Adam & the Notarize Team

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You have notarization questions, we have notarization answers. While we at Notarize pride ourselves on providing helpful resources (like this blog!) to demystify notarization, we’re not lawyers and don’t give legal advice. Pro tip: always check with your own attorneys, advisors, or document recipients if you have further questions about notarization or digitally notarized docs.

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