Remote online notarization is a new, convenient way to get your documents notarized. However, even though it’s more convenient than going to a notary in person, you still need to be sure to prepare for your appointment.
If you hire a remote online notary, it can be easy to ensure you meet all legal standards from your own home. Keep reading for more advice on preparing for your remote online notarization appointment, like checking guidelines, software, documents, identification, and witnesses.
Check if your state allows remote notarization
Most states in the United States allow remote notarization. But, some still require you to get documents notarized in person. So, before booking an appointment, check your state and local guidelines to make sure your state allows documents to be notarized online.
You can find most state guidelines for notarization online on official state websites. If you wish to use an online notary, the company can tell you the guidelines on notarization for your state.
If your state does allow remote online notarization, ensure that the type of notarization you desire is also allowed. Your state will likely accept most documents for notarization if they allow it at all, but it is always helpful to double-check.
Ensure you have the correct computer software
To complete a remote online notarization, you must have internet access, which isn’t a problem for most people since most households have internet access. You also need a webcam, a microphone, working sound, and a way to upload documents. Before your appointment, test all equipment to ensure it works.
A smartphone or tablet will work if you don’t have a computer with this equipment. This method will be less convenient but will usually work for your appointment. You can also borrow equipment from a friend or family member.
Collect your documents, identification, and witnesses
If you need documents notarized, you need to have them available. Some online notaries want you to upload your documents ahead of time so they can review them. Double-check that your forms are correct before your appointment.
In addition to documents, you will need to bring identification. That way, the notary can ensure that the correct person is getting the documents notarized. Be prepared to answer a few questions about your identity for further verification.
Your form of identification must be an official, government-verified ID such as a driver’s license, passport, etc. Some states and notaries require two forms of identification, so check all guidelines to ensure you have the correct number of IDs.
Lastly, you usually need at least one or two witnesses to notarize a document. Ensure that your witnesses are over 18 years old and prepared to be a witness for you. Also, ensure they can provide a form of government-approved identification to prove their identities.
Remote online notarization is a highly convenient, 21st-century method of getting documents notarized. Just because it’s more convenient, though, doesn’t mean you don’t need to prepare. Using these tips will make you feel more prepared for your appointment.