How to Get Something Notarized

Nov 28, 2016
| Updated
Aug 16, 2023
 | BY
Pat Kinsel

You can notarize something physically or online. In the past, to notarize something, you had to sign it physically in the presence of a notary public. The notary needed to watch you sign the document, and validate your identity to make sure you're authorized to sign the document.

Historically, this meant finding and visiting a notary public in-person: a huge hassle for people who didn't have the ability to take time off work or leave home to find a notary.


Notarize solves this problem. You can now notarize your documents entirely online by connecting with a commissioned eNotary public by live video. Skip the hassle of finding a notary and connect with one online from any iPhone, iPad or computer 24x7.

To get something notarized online:

  1. Download the Notarize Mobile App or Connect with a Notary Public on Your Computer.
  2. Upload your original, unsigned document. Don't sign it before uploading! You must sign with the notary public.
  3. Pre-fill any necessary fields (e.g. name, date) using Notarize’s digital tools.
  4. Validate your identity.
  5. When you're ready, connect with a notary public. You’ll be connected in a live video call with a licensed notary public in less than three minutes, 24/7.
  6. Sign using your iPhone or Computer as the notary public guides you over live video.
  7. You’re done! Download your notarized PDF.
  8. Print it or share it online.

On average, our entire process takes less than 5 minutes. We hope you’ll join the countless happy customers who have notarized their documents online with us.

If you're a business that must collect notarized documents from your customers, check out Notarize for Business!

Pat Kinsel

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