Notary services are a must for anyone who needs to have a document notarized. This can include real estate transactions, vehicle purchases, legal documents, and more.
However, it’s not always convenient to have to make an appointment at your local notary public office, then drive there and wait in line before your document can be processed.
Remote Online Notarization (RON), also known as e-notarization or notarization online, is a new technology that allows you to have your documents notarized without leaving the comfort of your home.
What does “remote online notarization” stand for?
Remote online notarization is a process where an individual can submit an electronic version of their document online and receive a digital proof of the notarization directly from the notary public. The document is then returned electronically so that you can save a copy as proof of its existence.
RON is available in most states across the country, although each state has its own specific requirements regarding how it must be used.
Some states don’t require additional steps beyond what’s needed for physical documents while others may require additional information such as the person’s social security number or date of birth.
Remote Online Notarization can be a novel and daunting prospect but this technological alternative to physically notarizing documents has its benefits.
In order to use RON, you must have an account with the National Notary Association (NNA) and be a member of the NNA. You will also need to install a secure video conferencing application on your computer.
The NNA provides this software for free and it is easy to install and use. Once you have created an account with NNA, you can begin notarizing documents remotely.
The first step is to upload your document onto their website and pay the required fee (currently $17). Once paid, they will email you instructions on how to set up your account so that you can begin using it immediately.
The next step is to connect via video conferencing software such as Skype or Google Hangouts with one of their authorized notaries who will verify your identity before performing the remote notarization service for you.
This process only takes about 30 minutes total from start to finish once all of your information has been verified by both parties involved.
Things making use of online notarization convenient
If you’re a Notary Public debating whether or not to use a RON platform for your own notarization company, keep these advantages in mind.
Take a look at these advantages and maybe you’ll be convinced to join the growing number of Notaries Public around the United States who have already made the switch:
- The focus is on your personal security. You may now notarize documents from the comfort of your own home, thanks to an all-inclusive RON platform that can be used from any web-enabled device. There is no need to stress about arranging client meetings in far-flung locales.
- Make the most of your time when working from afar. One may conduct a RON session from the convenience of their own home, and it is not limited by physical location. You may make more money as a notary public since you won’t have to spend time commuting to notarize papers.
- Lessen the use of paper, printing, and mailing. There is no longer any need for physical paperwork, stamps, or postage thanks to the advent of remote web notarization.
We’ve covered the perks RON brings to the Notary Public, but what about the customer?
The benefits enjoyed by the Notary Public are reciprocated by their clients: a safer environment, quicker notarization procedures, less time spent away from home, and fewer headaches.
Every time one of your client’s friends or coworkers needs a document notarized after experiencing RON, they will think of you.