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Remote Notarization Vs. Traditional Notarization (Infographic)

The use of technology in notarizations has caused confusion for many people, including Notaries. There is remote online notarization (RON), which is different from in-person electronic notarization (IPEN). And both are different from traditional, pen-and-paper notarization. Here’s a step-by-step look at the differences between these notarization methods. Please note that this is a general description, and requirements in some states may vary. (Click the image below to open a downloadable PDF of the infographic.)

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David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association.

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Catherine Montegna

16 Dec 2019

If a notary is only able to notarize in the state in which they are commissioned, can remote online notarization be used if the signer is in another state?

National Notary Association

17 Dec 2019

Hello. Yes, but the Notary must be within the borders of the commissioning state when the remote notarization takes place.

notary@avenotary.com

18 Jan 2020

What states permit RON?

National Notary Association

22 Jan 2020

Hello. Please see here for a current list: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2018/06/remote-notarization-what-you-need-to-know

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