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What is Notarize?
Is online notarization legal?
Yes, it is.
In 2011, with the passage of House Bill 2318/Senate Bill 827, Virginia became the first state to authorize its notaries to notarize documents remotely via live audio-video technology. Since then, numerous states have passed laws authorizing their notaries to perform online notarizations, and over 20 states are considering doing so in 2019. These online notarizations are accepted across the country due to a long-standing body of laws in each state that specifically provide for recognition and acceptance of out-of-state notarizations. In addition to laws in each state recognizing and accepting common out-of-state notarizations, the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the US Constitution may provide an additional basis for states to accept out of state notarizations. For your benefit, we’ve put together an easy guide to the interstate recognition statutes in each state, which can be found here.
Documents notarized on the Notarize platform are electronically signed by the signer(s) and our notary. Certain states and public agencies have specific additional requirements and limitations for accepting electronically-signed documents and out-of-state notarizations, and not all documents may be electronically-signed. For example, Notarize is not notarizing documents for use in Iowa. You should contact the agency that will receive your e-signed and e-notarized document to ensure your document will be acceptable for its intended use. Learn more here.
We’d like to help with general information wherever we can, so let us know of any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I notarize a real estate closing outside of the United States?
Yes, if the signer has a valid US SSN, government-issued ID and recent US address. These are all required because it's how the Notarize software validates a signer's identify. It does not matter is the person is physically located in another country.
At this time, Notarize can not support international signers unless they have these documents.
If Notarize is unable to notarize a particular document, will I be charged?
What are Notarize's hours of operation?
Notarize is operational 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days a year.
If you’re signing a mortgage-related transaction, we’re operational 24/6 Monday through Friday, EST and CST, and 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Saturday EST and CST.
Can closing officers at my title agency complete the closing?
Currently, the Notarize platform is built so all notarizations are serviced by notaries who are on-staff with us. All notaries on our platform are employed by Notarize and they work from our offices in Texas and Virginia. By having the notaries be our direct employees, we can staff them 24/7/365 and ensure quality training and compliance checks. This also allows us to deliver a quality level of service to our business customers without them having to worry about the overhead and logistical concerns like E&O insurance. Our notaries are all certified by the National Notary Association.
In the future, we’ll likely open the platform for independent notaries to use the platform, but we aren't quite there yet.