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Remote Online Notarization Vs. Remote Ink-Signed Notarization (Infographic)

During the COVID-19 emergency, some states authorized an alternative notarization process called Remote Ink-Signed Notarization (RIN) as an alternative to notarizing paper documents in person. RIN is significantly different from traditional notarizations and remote online notarization (RON) as well. Here’s a step-by-step look comparing these different notarization methods. Please note that RIN requirements in some states may vary from the description below.

RON vs RIN infographic (low-resolution version)

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Additional Resources:

NNA RON Information


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Gail West

22 May 2020

looking to place account in our revocable trust

National Notary Association

27 May 2020

Hello. We are sorry, but we cannot give advice on financial or legal matters. You will need to contact a qualified attorney or financial adviser for assistance.

Tommye Hardy

25 May 2020

Why are we doing this now, when Im trying to read what you send me?

Tommye Hardy

25 May 2020

I would like to stay up to date!

William Tauriello

25 May 2020

Would you please email me a readable copy of this as I can't read it, even in an enlarged state on this page. Thank you.

National Notary Association

27 May 2020

Hello. We've emailed you a copy of the infographic in PDF and JPEG formats. You should receive it shortly. Have a good week!

Rosana Castillo

02 Jun 2020

Can’t change password to retrieve online training exam

National Notary Association

03 Jun 2020

Hello. Please contact our Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827 or for assistance.

Imelda Donaldson

21 Sep 2021

Is this RIN notarization legal now in Texas or was it only a temporary way during the pandemic?

National Notary Association

23 Sep 2021

Hello. Texas has permanent remote notarization laws in place. However, the temporary remote ink-signed notarization emergency rules for certain documents are scheduled to expire Sept. 30, 2021.

Tami Williams

18 Mar 2022

Does Ohio allow a Remote Ink signed notary? (RIN)

National Notary Association

22 Mar 2022

Hello. No. Please see this link for information about Ohio's remote notarization rules:

Ashley Taylor

25 May 2022

Are there any states that still offer RIN?

National Notary Association

01 Jun 2022

Hello. The following states currently have temporary RIN provisions in place: Delaware (expires June 30, 2022) Illinois (expires July 26, 2022) Maine (expires July 1, 2023) Massachusetts (expires, July 15, 2022) New Mexico (expires June 29, 2022) Rhode Island (expires June 8, 2022 unless state of emergency is renewed) Texas (renewed on May 22, 2022) Vermont (expires September 10, 2022)

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