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Do I have to work for a tech provider to perform remote notarizations?

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I have completed my remote online notarization training. I want to submit my application to the state, but I have to choose a state-approved technology provider. Does this mean I need to be hired by a company before I can submit my application? I feel like I am in a loop, I can't get hired without being a remote Notary, but I can't get my remote notarization clearance without a provider. Please help, Thank you for any guidance you can provide. — J. S., Florida

Florida does require you to sign up with an authorized RON service provider before being approved by the state, but you are not required to become an employee or independent contractor of any service provider or technology company. The Florida Department of State does not have a list of approved third-party vendors, and the NNA does not endorse any specific technology provider, but BlueNotary, Cyberize It, DocuSign, DocVerify, Notarize, NotaryCam, Pavaso, Safedocs and SIGNiX are examples who all offer online notarization solutions. We suggest you contact one of these providers, arrange for a demo of their system, and ask them if they have completed the self-certification required by the Florida Department of State to be an online notarization provider. Only choose a provider with an active self-certification on file with the Department.

For information on requirements to register and perform remote online notarizations in other states, please see our page “How to Become a Remote Online Notary” in the NNA Knowledge Center.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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