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National Notary Day: Celebrating a Vital Public Service

When you think of a superhero, what comes to mind? Chances are it’s a valiant character in a cape, sweeping in to spare the town and save the day. If you listen closely, you can almost hear the applause.

But not all superheroes wear capes.

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Let's Celebrate Notaries Everywhere: Announcing

The role of notary public has roots in ancient Egypt, where scribes would record personal letters, official proclamations, and tax records. Thousands of years later, notaries continue to serve a vital public service by empowering life’s most important moments.

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Michigan Passes Online Notarization Bill

We’re excited to announce that Michigan just passed an online notary bill through both chambers of the Michigan Legislature. The bill is headed to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk to be signed into law. Like the laws passed in other states, Michigan HB5811 empowers Michigan notaries to conduct notarizations online for citizens of all 50 states, regardless of where they’re located at the time of the signing (at home or abroad).

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Notary 101: What Does a Notary Public Do?

You may have needed a notarization at some point in time and had to meet with a notary public, whether in-person or digitally. But who are the people who are stamping your docs and what do they do?

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NASS Adopts Standards for Online Notarization

We’re thrilled to announce that today, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) officially adopted standards for online notarization. The new standards are a huge step forward – providing clear policy and regulatory guidance for the effective operation and regulation of online notarizations. It puts notarizations conducted online on par with in-person paper notarizations for acceptance by key regulators. The standards are consistent with laws adopted in Virginia, Texas and Nevada, which Notarize helped craft, as well as legislation currently pending in more than nine states with our support.

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Introducing Notarize for Android: Regardless of Device, You Can Get Legal Notarizations Online, Anytime

At Notarize, we’ve had thousands of documents notarized on our desktop and iOS apps. Today, we’re pumped to open up the same online notarization goodness to the millions of Americans who are Android users.

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Announcing Notarize for iPad

We’ve always felt that our iPhone app has offered our best customer experience. Think about the pain of getting documents notarized the old fashioned way and compare it to the convenience of a device that’s always with you. Need something notarized right now? Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, all you need is what’s in your pocket.

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Ohio Passes Online Notarization

We’re thrilled to announce that Governor John Kasich has signed legislation bringing remote notarization to Ohio. This news is part of the steady drumbeat of states who are quickly recognizing the benefits of online notarization. In 45 days, 3 states (Texas, Nevada, and now Ohio) have signed online notarization into law.

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Nevada Passes Remote Notarization Bill

Update: on June 9th Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed AB 413 into law, officially bringing remote notarization to Nevada.

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National Notary Association Releases New Model Legislation. Includes Provisions for Remote Notarization

Today, the National Notary Association (NNA) released new model notarial legislation in the Model Electronic Notarization Act of 2017 (MENA). Building upon its landmark Model Notary Act of 2010, the MENA includes comprehensive standard provisions which states can use to enable their notaries to safely and effectively perform notarial acts using modern electronic means. MENA also includes explicit provisions for recognition and acceptance of electronic notarial acts duly performed by other states’ notaries.

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