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States That Allow Temporary Remote Notarization

There are 7 states with temporary remote online notarization laws. Of those states, 5 have given Notaries with an active commission immediate authorization to start performing notarial acts remotely. Those states are Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi and North Carolina.

The following states require Notaries to meet specific qualifications or complete a registration process before they use videoconferencing software to perform notarial acts: Delaware, Georgia and Rhode Island.

How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Delaware

Delaware only allows Notaries who are licensed attorneys in good standing with the Supreme Court of Delaware to perform notarizations using audio-video technology.

How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Georgia

In Georgia, Notaries are temporarily allowed to use real-time audio-visual communication technology or video conferencing to satisfy the physical presence requirement for notarizing certain documents. If you're a GA Notary who is also an attorney, you're permitted to perform online notarizations for real estate documents.

How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Rhode Island

As of April 3, 2020, Rhode Island Notaries can register to perform remote online notarizations. Complete the following steps if you want to become an RI remote Notary:

  1. Hold an existing commission as a traditional Notary Public.
  2. Read the Guidance on Temporary Remote Online Notarization.
  3. Contract with a state-approved RON technology provider. Make sure to get an electronic signature and electronic Notary stamp compatible with their system.
  4. Complete the training provided by your chosen RON vendor.
  5. Complete the Notary Public Update Form and submit it to

States That Do Not Allow Remote Online Notarizations

Temporary authorization expired in Connecticut.

California and the District of Columbia do not allow any form of remote online notarization at this time, and South Carolina remains silent on the issue.

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