Notaries public in Florida can now apply to serve their communities as commissioned online notaries. This commission will allow you to complete electronic notarizations completely online through a secure, two-way video call.
How to Obtain Your Online Notarial Commission
Current Florida notaries can apply to become an online notary public through the Department of State’s Office. You can find the application and its requirements here.
As of May 15, 2020, notaries must complete a training course offered by one of the state's approved education providers. They must also select a third-party vendor to use their commission with – like Notarize.
The Department of State’s website explains that a notary must have a contract with a vendor prior to submitting their application to become eComissioned. However, Notarize confirmed with the Department of State that you do not have to submit the contract.
Instead, you need to identify your vendor of choice and provide contact information on your application. When filling out the notary application you can list Notarize, Inc. as your vendor, and the contact information you can provide to the Department of State is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will not provide you a contract before you have your eComission. All questions should be directed to the Department of State through this form.
Notarizing Documents on the Notarize Platform
Recently, Notarize announced that it opened the Notarize platform to Florida notaries in two ways: as an independent contracted notary working for Notarize or for businesses with employee notaries.
All notaries that use the Notarize platform must meet similar minimum compliance standards. Therefore, whether you are an independent contractor notary or a notary employed by a business using Notarize, you will follow the same application process to access our platform.
Compliance Documentation is Required to Use Notarize
You'll find a list of all the required documentation for your state at notarize.com/compliance.