Remote online notarization is when documents are notarized in an electronic form where the signer uses an electronic signature and appears before the notary using online audio-video technology. Simply put, you can connect with a notary anywhere, anytime, without physically needing to meet them.
Remote online notarizations allow anyone in any state (except Iowa) to get their documents notarized through a remote notary online, and the number states adopting notary laws is growing faster than we could have ever anticipated. In 2019, it is expected that at least 23 states will consider legislation to enable consumers to use remote notary technology.
In November 2018, NAR passed policy supporting this legislation as a means to help facilitate the move towards a totally electronic home closing.
Chart: State Remote and Electronic Notarization Laws (PDF: 496KB)