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Notarizing a POA Form for Auto Transactions With Notarize

Finalizing automotive transactions just got easier. Here is everything you need to know about using Notarize to complete your Power of Attorney form.
September 2, 2022
3 min

When buying or selling a car online, you still need to sign forms as you would in a brick-and-mortar dealership. One form that is often required when selling your car to a retailer is the Power of Attorney (POA) form, which requires notarization.

When working with an online car retailer, you may be required to sign and notarize documents online. Here’s what you need to know if you’re sent documents to sign and notarize through the Notarize platform.

I received a POA form through Notarize. Now what?

Now that you’re ready to move forward with your transaction, it’s time to sign the documents. That’s why you have received the POA through Notarize. The Notarize platform allows you to legally sign and notarize your documents in minutes. 

Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Check your email for a link to get started
  2. Scan your ID and validate your identity
  3. Join a video call with a live notary
  4. Follow the notary’s instructions to sign your documents

Once completed, your notarized documents will be sent to you via email.

What do I need for an online notarization?

  • The document(s) that need to be notarized.
  • A device with audio and video capabilities. 
  • A valid, government–issued photo ID.
  • The last four digits of your U.S. Social Security number for secure identity verification.

Is Notarize safe?

Security is of the utmost importance to Notarize and everyone involved in an online notarization. 

To confirm signer identities, Notarize uses a multi-step process during which you must complete a set of questions generated from your personal information, followed by an automated analysis of your government-issued ID, and final confirmation by the live notary. This provides additional fraud protection compared to the traditional, in-person process, where identity verification relies solely on the notary’s discretion.

Notarize employs various measures to ensure the security and privacy of your personal information, including the encryption and protection of all data in transit and at rest using AES-256 bit encryption and tracking of all application access. 

The Notarize platform has also been subjected to various comprehensive information security audits and penetration testing. For more information on Notarize’s privacy practices, see our Privacy Policy.

Is online notarization legal?

Yes! Online notarization is just another method of performing notarizations. A document notarized online is as legally valid as one notarized via traditional, paper-based notarization.

Why choose online notarization?

By notarizing documents online, you can speed up the transaction process and remove the need to find a notary or wait in line until the next one is available. You also get the added convenience of being able to complete documents from anywhere, 24x7. Online notarization is the quicker, safer and easier way to get your documents notarized.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page.

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