We're Opening the Notarize Platform, Adding 1,000 Notaries
At Notarize, we’ve seen firsthand how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is throwing the worlds of real estate and notary into crisis. The sacred notarial process – rooted in face-to-face interaction for hundreds of years – cannot function amidst a life-threatening pandemic. Industries that rely upon notaries are grinding to a halt.
To help solve the challenge of our time, we are opening the Notarize platform to commissioned notaries and title agents to meet the surge in demand for online notarizations.
- If you’re a commissioned notary, in a state that has a RON law and regulation in place that means you’ll be able to sign into Notarize, connect with people, and earn money for every completed notarization.
- And if you’re a title agency, that means you’ll be able to execute real estate closings through the Notarize platform using your in-house notaries.
We Want to Be Part of the Solution
There are 1.25 billion notarizations completed every year – everything from powers of attorney, beneficiary designations, real estate transactions, and mortgages. The COVID-19 outbreak is driving a spike in notarization requests as people rush to resolve critical health, family, and financial matters.
As communities across the country commit to social distancing, it’s leaving many of the nation’s 40,000 professional notaries unable to meet in-person – and therefore, out of work. Yet there are more than 100 million notarizations each month that require a seal and a signature.
The only safe option is to conduct these notarizations online.
For years, we’ve been working behind the scenes to open the platform and afford notaries a safe and simple remote notarization solution. In light of COVID-19, we’ve accelerated our timeline to meet the needs of consumers, businesses, and notaries alike.
Who Can Join the Notarize Platform
To ensure the safety of consumers and businesses relying on the Notarize Platform, we have some minimum requirements that every notary must meet – both independent contractors and those working for a title agency – to be considered for the Notarize Platform.
Specifically, each notary must be a Notary Signing Agent registered with the National Notary Association (NNA).
Why? We’re partnering with the NNA to verify that a notary is trained, regularly undergoes a background screening, and has insurance or is bonded accordingly.
At Notarize, we pride ourselves on the quality of our service for signers and our enterprise customers. Our on-staff notaries average a 4.97 rating across thousands of reviews, and all independent notaries will be required to provide the same level of exceptional service to remain on the platform.
We must keep that same quality of service for our customers.
States Will Come Online in Waves
Our initial batch of states will be limited to Florida, Nevada, Texas, and Virginia. We will be working diligently to add new states as circumstances allow, but must do so in a responsible and legal manner.
If you'd like to be kept up-to-date about when your state goes live on our platform, please fill out the form at notarize.com/notaries.
Pay and Schedule Information
Notaries contracted to perform business on the Notarize platform get to make their own hours. They may clock in when they'd like, work as long as they'd like, and log-off whenever they'd like.
Compensation is paid on a per-transaction basis. You can find the most up-to-date version of our Pricing model here.
We will soon update with similar information for title agents looking to conduct closings on the Notarize platform.
How to Join the Notarize Platform as a Notary
If you’re a commissioned notary, follow the steps below to sign up. The setup process will take 1-2 weeks to complete.
1. Notaries must be physically located in Nevada, Texas, or Virginia
Initially, only notaries and title agents from Texas, Nevada and Virginia will be eligible to join the Notarize platform. We will allow notaries from other states with RON laws to join in the near future. We will start with a small number of states to ensure we’re onboarding in a compliant and responsible manner.
We’re tracking all the bulletins, executive orders, and federal legislation, and we’ll broaden to additional states as soon as we can. If you'd like to be notified when we open the platform to your state, sign up here.
Update as of 4/2/20: For now, we've closed applications from FL notaries. We received an overwhelming response from FL notaries and need to process the existing applications before accepting new ones.
2. Purchase your digital certificate
You’ll need a digital certificate to be eligible to use Notarize. We recommend purchasing it from Identrust. Here’s detailed instructions on how to get a digital certificate and how to download your certificate.
If you already have your digital certificate, you can submit that with your application.
3. Register with Notarize
Once you’ve completed all of these items, you’ll need to apply to be a notary on Notarize. After you apply, you’ll be put in a queue to join the platform - we’re ramping up our ability to verify and approve notaries every day.
Once on the Notarize platform, our system and team will help you to create your digital signature and seal. You will then have everything you need to complete the final application process with your Secretary of State.
4. Become a commissioned electronic notary public
Then, you will receive instructions from Notarize to apply for your eComission specific to your state’s process. Once approved, you’ll be ready to complete a training course to go live on the Notarize platform.
Our mission is to empower title agents and thousands of notaries to work safely online so we can meet the national demand for critical notarized transactions.
Whether you’re an independent notary signing agent or a title agent working to serve your own clients, we hope you’ll join us!