Title Agents on Notarize Can Complete Their Own Closings in 13 States
Notarize celebrated its fifth birthday on April 20, and despite everything happening in our world today, it was nice to pause and reflect on how far we’ve come.
Our team has accomplished things people told us we were too crazy to dream. We completed the first fully digital home closing in 2017, helped online notarization expand to 23 states, and gave independent notaries a platform to help consumers across the globe.
And now, we’re excited for another dream to become reality.
Starting today, title agencies and law firms in 13 states can use the Notarize platform to complete their own real estate closings. Those states are Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
And more are on the way.
We’re excited to help title agents, escrow officers, and real estate attorneys complete their closings in this new way – this fully digital way – at a time where in-person closings are neither practical nor safe.
Here’s what you need to know about completing your own closings through the Notarize platform.
Who Can Close on the Notarize Platform?
Until today, all real estate closings on the Notarize platform were completed by our in-house notaries at our operations centers in Virginia and Texas.
Now, title agencies, escrow companies, and real estate firms can contract with Notarize for the ability to execute their own closings. You’ll be able to add notary closers who can execute and complete notarizations as part of a fully digital closing experience.
At this time, notary closers on your account must be W2 employees of your company or law firm. They cannot be contractors or third-party notary signing agents (NSAs). Additionally, closers under your account must meet some common industry standards to be eligible to use our platform. You can find those standards in greater detail below.
Where Do I Start?
If you’re new to Notarize and the concept of online closings, welcome! You’ll want to start by connecting with one of our account executives, who will walk you through our services, pricing, and any other information you might need to make the best decision for your business.
You can request a callback from our Sales team here.
If you’re an existing account holder looking to update your contract to include these features, we can help! Please reach out to your Customer Success Manager or Account Executive for additional information and next steps.
How to Access the Notarize Platform
All signing agents that use the Notarize platform must meet minimum industry standards in addition to the minimum standards for their state’s RON laws. You can find information about the required documentation for your state at notarize.com/compliance.
More States Will Soon Follow
If you live or work in a RON-approved state that isn’t live on our Compliance page, don’t worry – we haven’t forgotten about you. We are working diligently to add new states as circumstances allow, but must do so in a responsible and legal manner.
If you have immediate notarial needs but don’t operate in any of the states listed on our Compliance page, we may still be able to help using our Notary Workforce. You can find more about the process of onboarding and closing with Notarize here.
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.
What About Independent Notaries?
Last month, we announced that we opened the Notarize platform so commissioned, independent remote notaries could help us meet business and consumer demands.
That opportunity remains.
Commissioned notaries in Florida, Nevada, Texas, and Virginia can join Notarize as contracted notaries to help serve our existing business and retail customers – and get paid for each successful transaction.
If you’d like to learn more, please visit our open platform announcement.
Beginning in early 2021, Notarize will open the platform for notaries and NSAs in RON-approved states to serve their existing business needs through the Notarize platform. You can find more information here.