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 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)
Issue Webinar: Remote Online Notarization (March 31, 2021)