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Notary Bulletin

Tips to get started as a remote online Notary

Updated 8-16-21. Remote online notarization (RON) used to seem like a thing of the future, but the specialized technical service is growing in demand — especially in the current COVID-19 crisis — and Notaries have an opportunity to get started at a time when offering remote services will set them apart from the competition, according to Dushunna F. Scott, who has worked as a remote Notary since 2016.

Scott, owner of Lady Scott Enterprises in Richmond, Virginia, explained in an NNA 2020 Online presentation that even before the coronavirus brought about “safe at home” orders and social distancing, demand for RON services was increasing rapidly. In 2016, she took 207 assignments; in 2019, she took 899, and 2020 is looking even busier.

Notaries who have up-to-date commissions and are in good standing can become remote Notaries, but there are some additional requirements (depending on your state) that must be fulfilled, and Notaries should consider whether they’re equipped to handle the software and other technical requirements before they take the plunge.

Scott outlined the basic steps to becoming a successful remote online Notary. They include:

  • Remote online notarization basics and credentials.
  • The equipment and technology you’ll need.
  • The skills you’ll need.
  • Legal considerations.

Remote online notarization basics and credentials

In remote online transactions, the signer and Notary meet on a secure platform and conduct an audio-video recorded session. The signer’s identity is verified electronically, and then the document is signed and notarized electronically using special software.

Notaries also will need an electronic Notary commission in addition to their regular commission, a digital certificate, and a digital seal, Scott said.

The proper equipment for RON

You want to first consider where you will be conducting your assignments: from a home office or elsewhere? Wherever you choose must be quiet, private and secure, Scott said. You want space that’s free from noise and distraction, and you need a professional-looking background because your signer will be looking at it behind you.

She also explained that Notaries will need a desktop or laptop computer, a webcam, a headset, which is optional, high-speed internet and an internet browser such as Google Chrome or Safari. Finally, don’t forget about good lighting and have some scratch paper and a pen handy.

The proper skills for RON

Scott said Notaries should be up-to-date on state laws and best practices, and also be aware of what types of documents may be notarized remotely.

In addition, Notaries should be aware of any policies and procedures of their company or technology platform they use so they’re never taken by surprise.

Scott also pointed out a few soft skills that will help a remote Notary be successful. They include attention to detail and strong customer service skills, particularly if they want repeat business. Patience and understanding also are very helpful for clients who are not technologically savvy.

Remote Notaries also need to have a good understanding of the software they’re using and basic computer troubleshooting techniques.

RON Legal considerations

The remote world comes with unique considerations: If a document leaves your screen immediately after it’s notarized, how will you retrieve your video footage if needed? Does your Errors and Omissions Insurance cover remote online notarizations?

These questions and more are likely to come up, which is why Scott also recommends that Notaries find a support group with experienced remote Notaries who can help advise them and encourage them.

“Take the first step!” she said. “What better way to be an asset to your community than to be remote?”


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06 Aug 2020

Any advice on becoming a RON Notary in Michigan. Of the 5 approved vendors: 3 are not taking new notaries, NotaryCam has not responded to my applications in months and I regularly contact them, and Notarize is on the Michigan approved list but is not accepting MI Notaries on their system when you look at their website. This is confusing to a new Notary. All suggestions would be appreciated greatly!

National Notary Association

07 Aug 2020

Hello. We have received messages from other Notaries that some vendors may be experiencing delays due to high volume of RON applicants as a result of COVID-19. If we receive any new information updating this situation or recommendations from state Notary agencies or RON vendors, we will let our readers know as soon as possible.

Rajendrakumar Patel

10 Aug 2020

Very good and in detail and the best way to explain in simple language. I am a new signing agent had so many questions about RON. You sure did explain 90% of it. thanks, keep up the good work.

suzette austin

12 Aug 2020

Any advice on becoming a RON Notary in Texas??? Very interested and would like to know if the work is worth the time?

National Notary Association

13 Aug 2020

Good morning. You can find more information about becoming a RON Notary in Texas here:

Arielle with GoWitness

13 Aug 2020

What are the general requirements fro witnesses used for RON?

National Notary Association

17 Aug 2020

Hello. Because different state RON laws and requirements vary, can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in to help ensure we provide you with correct information for your jurisdiction?


15 Aug 2020

I would like more information on becoming a RON agent in the state of KS; to see if it is worth my time!

National Notary Association

17 Aug 2020

Hello. At present, Kansas only has emergency rules in place for remote notarizations during the COVID-19 emergency, for details please see here:

Deborah G

16 Aug 2020

Tennessee requires notaries to keep the audio/visual content of a notarization for five years. In addition, a backup copy is required for five years. Do you have any suggestions as to companies that provide data back up for remote online notarization? I'm concerned that the cost could end up being crazy high.

National Notary Association

17 Aug 2020

Hello. We recommend you contact RON vendors you may wish to work with to ask if they provide storage for audiovisual recordings that complies with your state's requirements. Please see this article for more information:

Christina Pasqualetto

16 Aug 2020

Can you give me advice on how I go about putting in my seal in. I want to do until I feel comfortable. Let me know?

National Notary Association

17 Aug 2020

Hello. This video shows a sample remote online notarization being performed: You may find it helpful to get a general idea how RON works. However, please note that different states may have different RON procedures or requirements, depending on state law.

Adrienne Hannor

17 Aug 2020

How I become a RON in Georgia?

National Notary Association

17 Aug 2020

Hello. In Georgia, only Notaries who are licensed attorneys are able to notarize documents remotely. Effective March 31, 2020, if you're a GA Notary who is also an attorney, you're only permitted to perform notarizations for real estate documents at this time.

Bonnie Jean Anderson Colon

21 Aug 2020

would like to learn more about Notary work in my state of Kansas.

National Notary Association

24 Aug 2020

Hello. Kansas currently has emergency rules in place for remote notarizations during the COVID-19 emergency. For details, please see here:

08 Sep 2020

Good morning. I have just finished the trainings to do RON and be a signing agent in Fairfax, VA. Does anyone have any ideas on how to advertise my service? Thanks

Sandra Wickham

28 Sep 2020

are there any remote notary teams in nj that I can join as a starting out remote notary?? Looking for recommendation!!


28 Sep 2020

Hello, from PA. I take the notary exam 9/29/20 I'm very interested in RON..I'm a licensed real estate agent. Where should I begin?

National Notary Association

02 Oct 2020

Hello. You can find more PA RON information to help you get started here:

Tanisha Brooks

15 Nov 2020

What is the best RON platform to use in Maryland?

National Notary Association

17 Nov 2020

Hello. A list of approved RON vendors in Maryland can be found here: The Maryland Secretary of State does not endorse a particular vendor.

Kelly Finch

26 Nov 2020

I am a notary in az they are doing ron how do I start

National Notary Association

04 Dec 2020

Hello. Please see this page for information on how to get started:

Sheryl Stroup

30 Dec 2020

I am looking for a group in Colorado for advice on becoming a RON. Can you point me in the right direction?

National Notary Association

04 Jan 2021

Hello. While we do not have contact information for such a group, we do have information on becoming a RON in Colorado here:


03 Jan 2021

What is the best way to find RON work independently, after signing up with one of the various technology providers?

National Notary Association

05 Jan 2021

Hello. You can find an interview with Melissa Eldridge, a Texas Notary who started her own independent RON business, in this article:

01 Mar 2021

How do I locate and pay for the course for RON from the NNA website? I have searched multiple times but I am unable to locate it. I can see the course when I am signed into my training courses but don't know how I go about purchasing.

National Notary Association

03 Mar 2021

Hello. Please contact our Customer Care team at and they should be able to assist you.

Tonnie coleman

15 Mar 2021

What do you recommend for backup storage device for Audio/Video? Some companies such as Nortorize provide it for you, but if I want to go solo do you have any suggestions in Virginia

National Notary Association

15 Mar 2021

Hello. Any system you use would have to meet the requirements of Virginia law and administrative rules. You can find a description of journal requirements for RON notarizations under item 8 on this page:

Susan Fry

20 Apr 2021

RON providers for Idaho? Can't seem to get a live person to learn more about getting a RON platform.

National Notary Association

23 Apr 2021

Hello. You can find a partial list of vendors here: Please note that this is not a complete list and does not indicate endorsement by the NNA or the Idaho Secretary of State's office.

11 May 2021

It all sounds great however it is next to impossible to get work from any of the RON companies. I put out close to 12000 to become a RON and signing agent. I have 18= years as a realtor and I have been unable to get on with anyone.

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