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How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Florida

Florida Notaries may register to perform remote online notarizations (RONs). If you want to become an Online Notary in Florida, here are the steps you are required to take:

How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Florida

  1. Be a Florida Notary.
  2. Complete a remote notarization training course and receive proof of completion.
  3. Get a $25,000 surety bond.
  4. Get a $25,000 E&O insurance policy.
  5. Choose a compliant RON technology provider.
  6. Complete the Florida Department of State’s Online Notary Public Application and Online Notary Public: Required Information form.
  7. Submit your Application with the Required Information forms, your RON training certificate, completed bond form, E&O insurance policy, copy of your Notary commission certificate, and a $10 filing fee to the Florida Department of State.

Become a Remote Online Notary

In This Guide: Florida RON Requirements | About RON in Florida | Additional FAQs

Requirements to be a remote Online Notary in Florida

Before you apply to become a remote Notary in Florida, you must hold an existing commission as a traditional Notary, civil law Notary or commissioner of deeds. Traditional Notaries must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of Florida with no criminal record.

Does Florida require special training to work as an Online Notary?

You must complete a two-hour RON training course in order to be registered as a FL Online Notary. The course covers remote online notarization best practices and technology requirements. It can be completed in person or online. However, you must select an education provider that is approved by the state.

The cost of Florida RON training courses ranges from $20 to $170, depending on the provider you choose. The National Notary Association offers a convenient remote online notarization course that meets Florida's state requirements.

Once you have completed the necessary training, you will need to attach your certificate of completion to your Online Notary application.

Is an exam required for remote notarization?

No. The State doesn't require passing an exam to become a Florida Online Notary. However, RON training course providers may include a knowledge check in order to generate your certificate of completion for their remote notarization class.

What tools and technology do I need to perform online notarizations in Florida?

Virtual Notaries in Florida will need a computer, webcam, microphone and secure connection to the internet. Your computer must be able to support two-way audio and visual communication in order to perform RON services. You are required to select a RON service provider that complies with Florida law. The Florida Department of State does not recommend or endorse third-party vendors, but BlueNotary, Cyberize It, DocuSign, DocVerify, NotaryCam, Pavaso, Proof, Safedocs and SIGNiX all offer end-to-end online notarization solutions.

Florida allows you to contract with more than one RON technology provider as long as you keep the Department of State up to date with each of your chosen vendors. You must complete the Online Notary Public: Required Information form and submit it to the Department of State with your Online Notary application. The state will not process your application if you do not include this form.

You are also required to have an electronic seal, electronic journal and digital certificate containing your electronic signature.

Do I need another surety bond?

Florida requires online Notaries to have a $25,000 surety bond. If your existing Notary bond already meets those requirements, then you do not need to purchase separate or additional coverage.

Florida Notaries who already have a $7,500 surety bond for their traditional Notary commissions must increase the bond to $25,000 to apply to be Online Notaries.

You must include proof of obtaining a $25,000 bond with your Online Notary Public application.

Is an E&O insurance policy required for Florida?

Although an errors and omissions (E&O) insurance policy is not mandatory for traditional Notary commissions in Florida, the state does require Online Notaries to get a minimum $25,000 E&O policy.

An E&O insurance policy protects you from potential errors or omissions that may be made during notarizations. If you currently have an insurance policy, check with your insurer to learn whether you can increase your coverage to meet the Florida RON requirements or whether your policy already includes coverage for this type of commission.

You must include proof of obtaining at least a $25,000 E&O insurance policy with your Online Notary Public application.

How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Florida

About Remote Online Notarization (RON) in Florida

Not sure what online notarization is, or how it works in the Sunshine State? We have you covered. Here is what Notaries and signers should know about Florida RONs.

Does Florida allow remote notarization?

Yes, the law enacting "Electronic Legal Documents" took effect on January 1, 2020. It authorizes FL Online Notaries to perform remote notarizations for signers located anywhere in the world provided the Notary is physically located in their commissioning state of Florida during the notarial act.

How do remote online notarizations work in Florida?

In online notarizations, the signer personally appears before the Notary Public in real time using audio-video technology. Although the signer can be physically located anywhere, the Online Notary must be in Florida. The Notary verifies the signer’s identity by 1) personal knowledge or 2) remote presentation of a government-issued ID, credential analysis, and identity proofing via knowledge-based authentication (KBA) or another approved identity proofing method. 

The Notary then asks the signer to confirm they are aware of what they are signing and are willing to proceed. Afterward, the Notary checks the documents, attaches their electronic seal and digital certificate containing their electronic signature. Once the notarization is complete, the Notary fills out their electronic journal. The technology platform is responsible for storing an audio-visual recording of the notarization.

What notarial acts can be performed virtually in Florida?

Florida allows remote Online Notaries to perform the following notarial acts:

  • Taking an acknowledgment
  • Executing a jurat
  • Administering an oath or affirmation
  • Supervising the witnessing of an electronic record

As of January 1, 2022, all Florida Notaries can administer an oath using any audio-video communication technology and not just a RON provider.

How long does a remote notarization take vs. traditional notarization?

Remote notarizations take less time than traditional notarizations because they don't require the signer nor the Notary to meet in person, saving you time from traveling. Depending on the RON technology company you choose, you can receive and complete a notarization request within a few minutes without having to leave your home.

Additional RON FAQs

Here are answers to several commonly asked questions about providing RON services in the state of Florida.

How much does it cost to register as an Online Notary?

The cost of becoming a remote Online Notary in Florida ranges from less than $100 to a few hundred dollars, depending on the companies you choose to work with and a variety of other factors. For example, you will need to pay for the state-required training course, the state's $10 application filing fee, any sign-up fees associated with your preferred RON technology provider, and the cost of your digital supplies like the eSeal and digital certificate.

The cost for you to maintain a $25,000 surety bond and $25,000 E&O insurance policy may vary depending on your credit history among other factors. You may already have a computer, webcam, microphone and secure internet access set up at home, but if you don't, you'll need to factor that equipment into your startup costs.

How much can FL Notaries charge for remote services?

Online Notaries registered in Florida may charge up to $25 per notarization. An additional fee of $20 may be charged for making and delivering electronic copies of a given series of related electronic records as long as you disclose this amount to the signer prior to making the copies.

How long does it take to become a virtual Notary in Florida?

It can take up to six weeks to become a FL Online Notary. Up to four of those weeks will be spent on the first step of the registration process: becoming a traditional Notary. The rest of the process can be done fairly quickly.

After you receive your commission as a traditional Notary Public, you will spend two hours taking the required RON training course, one to two days getting a quote for both the surety bond and E&O policy, and one day getting your application form notarized. Then, you will need to print proof of the requested materials and send it to the address listed on the Florida Department of State's website along with your $10 registration fee.

How long will my Online Notary commission last?

Florida's remote Online Notary commission runs concurrently with your traditional Notary Public commission, meaning both will expire on the same day, regardless of when you received your Online Notary commission. You may renew your traditional Notary commission and reapply for your Online Notary authorization at the same time, but you may not reapply to become an Online Notary without your traditional commission.

What if I change RON service providers or the location of my electronic journals?

You must submit a revised form within 30 days of the change to the Secretary of State. You can do this by signing into your account and completing Form Number DS-DOC-50 online or emailing a completed DS-DOC-50 form to the Division of Corporations.

Do you have to be a certified NSA to work as an Online Notary Public?

No, you do not have to be a certified Notary Signing Agent to perform remote notarization in Florida. However, getting your NSA certification makes you eligible to receive more RON assignments and ensures RON technology providers that you've passed a current background screening.

Will RON services grow my FL Notary business?

Yes, becoming a remote Online Notary and joining a RON platform can help your business grow. Your customer base is no longer limited to Florida residents when you're an Online Notary. You may notarize for signers outside of the state border or anywhere else as long as you're physically located in Florida at the time of notarization.

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Last updated: May 31, 2024

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