Online notarization allows a person to appear before a commissioned notary public in real-time using audio/video technology. To learn how it works, click here.
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.
Online notarizations are valid and enforceable in every state with their validity determined by applying the law of the notary’s commissioning state. As public officials of their state, notaries must perform notarizations in compliance with the laws of their state, and every state recognizes properly performed notarizations of other states.
No. The Notarize platform is specifically designed to comply with the requirements for notarized documents that are being used in the United States. In addition, the unique authentication process needed to use these documents in another country is not available for electronic documents in most states.
Nearly every document that can be notarized in the paper world can be notarized online on the Notarize platform. However, certain documents are restricted. Always check with your own advisors and document recipients if you have any questions about whether your documents may be notarized online. For more information on documents with unique restrictions, see this article.
A single document requiring one notary seal is $25. Most documents require only one notary seal, but if the document requires more than one, each additional notary seal is $10 more.
No, Notarize will only charge a fee for successful notarizations. If we are unable to process any document, the session will be terminated without any cost to you.
Documents can be notarized on the Notarize platform 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Each state provides its notaries with a list of acceptable forms of ID for online notarization. Commonly acceptable forms of ID include the following:
No, documents must be in electronic form.
Yes. Signers have the flexibility to complete a transaction together on a shared device, simultaneously on multiple devices, or in separate notary meetings. Each signer must complete the identification process separately and signers who miss the initial meeting can still get their signatures notarized in a subsequent notary meeting.
Yes. Witnesses who are physically with the signer can be added to the transaction by the notary during the notary meeting. They can not be added by the signer or the person creating the transaction.
Notarize verifies your identity through a multi-step identity verification process during which you must complete a set of questions generated from your personal information and an automated analysis of your government-issued ID.
Notarize employs various measures to ensure the security and privacy of 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.
The following processes and procedures are used to ensure notaries have the necessary training, tools, and credentials when performing on-demand notarizations on the Notarize platform:
Notaries complete a state-specific onboarding process to ensure they are properly commissioned and that they have the training and tools they need to perform notarizations in compliance with the unique requirements of their state.
A dedicated team of specialists reviews their profiles for accuracy and confirms their commission information against state databases before allowing them onto the platform.
Once approved, the platform intelligently monitors their profiles, blocking them if their information expires and requiring reapproval if they update their information.
Notaries are also required to maintain errors and omissions insurance with sufficient coverage whenever they perform notarizations on the platform.
Finally, notaries must complete specialized training (including Notarize administered courses and assessments and the National Notary Association’s Notary Signing Agent exam) and pass yearly background checks.
Note that notaries must also upload their digital certificate to perform notarizations on the Notarize platform. Digital certificates are only issued to notaries after they successfully complete identity proofing, further ensuring the identity of all notaries performing notarizations on the Notarize platform.