Notarize is a remote electronic notary service that is valid for users in Virginia and in states across the country.
In 2012, the Commonwealth of Virginia enacted Senate Bill 827 and House Bill 2318, allowing appropriately commissioned Virginia notaries to complete remote notarizations via live video call. Furthermore, Virginia gave its notaries the ability to notarize documents for a national audience.
No matter where you're located, to use Notarize you connect with a commissioned Virginia e-notary by live audio-video conference. Using digital tools, you will sign before the notary during the audio-video conference. The notary public will then affix their signature, seal and other notarial information to the document.
Once complete, a document remotely notarized in Virginia can be used in Virginia or in other states. Every state provides legal authority for recognition and acceptance of common out-of-state notarizations when validly performed by the notary in accordance with his or her own state's laws, and our notaries perform their notarizations in accordance with Virginia law. The Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution may provide an additional bases for states to accept out of state notarizations.
Notarize has identified examples of state statues in each state that provide for recognition and acceptance of common out-of-state notarizations. Click any state in the map above to learn more. (We list these for your general reference. Statutes are revised often, and we'll do our best to keep these up-to-date).
Please note: Documents signed on our platform are electronically signed by you and our notary. Certain states and public agencies impose specific additional requirements, limitations and conditions for accepting electronically-signed documents as well as out-of-state notarizations, and not all documents may be electronically-signed or notarized. (Currently, we're not notarizing documents for use in Iowa). It's up to you to make sure your document is acceptable for its intended use, so always check with your intended recipient. We'd like to help with general information whenever we can, so let us know of any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) is the leading resource for the property records industry. In January 2016, the eNotary Work Group of PRIA released a paper on “Traditional Assurances for Electronically Recorded Documents.” The intent of the paper was to provide all recording jurisdictions with confidence that electronic notarization is valid and acceptable for recording documents in the public record. The paper states that documents that are notarized remotely and electronically are given the same legal treatment as paper documents.
PRIA - Electronic Notarization - Traditional Assurances for Electronically Recorded Documents
In 2017, The National Notary Association published the following position statement on The Enduring Benefits of Interstate Recognition of Notarial Act Laws.
In 2013, the Commonwealth of Virginia released the Electronic Notarization Assurance Standard. The purpose of the standard is to ensure recognition and acceptance of documents notarized by Virginia electronic notaries worldwide.
The Virginia Electronic Notarization Assurance Standard