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Tips to get started as a remote online Notary

Updated 7-25-23. 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?”

Related Articles:

Remote Notarization: What you need to know

A guide to remote notarization providers for Notaries

Additional Resources

Perform Remote and Electronic Notarizations Training


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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.

06 Jan 2022

Are there any updates regarding legitimizing RON from the antiquated State of South Carolina? (I use the term "antiquated" lightly.)

National Notary Association

10 Jan 2022

Hello. We don't have any updates at present. However, you can check for future updates on new South Carolina proposed bills and laws at our searchable New Notary Laws page:

Arin Guishard

28 Jan 2022

Hello, I am a newly registered Independent Remote Online Notary in the state of Maryland, but I am having trouble finding a platform that would allow me to work? I'm looking for any platform willing to take Independent RONs that allow for notification/direct contact with customers, to do signings but I haven't found one that offers those services?

National Notary Association

31 Jan 2022

Hello. The NNA and the MD Secretary of State's office do not endorse or recommend a specific RON platform. However, you can find a partial list of platforms that meet MD state requirements here:

Fonda Neal

18 Feb 2022

The link to choose a remote notary platform for Virginia is broken. Can you provide a link to vendors approved for Virginia? Thanks

National Notary Association

18 Feb 2022

Hello. We've removed the broken link. The state of Virginia has not published an updated link at this time.

Angela Moran

20 Apr 2022

I'm a certified E-Notary in North Carolina. Where do I go to find opportunities to serve my state through e-notary signings? Thank you!

Eva Evangelista

29 Apr 2022

I'm looking into becoming a ROM in Ohio. The RON guidelines state that I must be in my own state to perform a notarization, however the signer can be anywhere in the USA. Is this true regardless of the RON laws in the signers state? It seems odd that I could perform an online notarization for someone in California for example, where they are not allowing this yet.

National Notary Association

02 May 2022

Hello. While the signer can be in a different location during a remote notarization, the Notary must be physically within the borders of the Notary's commissioning state while the remote notarization takes place.


29 Apr 2022

Hi I'm commissioned for the state of New Jersey and I wanted to know are there any RON platforms for the state of New Jersey if so can you please list them thank you

National Notary Association

10 May 2022

Hello. Please see here for more information:

paula chapman

10 May 2022

how do I become remote notary

National Notary Association

11 May 2022

Hello. You can find more information here:


11 May 2022

Hi you guys never answered my question I said that I already have my commission for the state of New Jersey are there any RON platforms for the state of New Jersey you sent me a link that shows how to become a notary with the nna is that link does not answer my question that wasn't the question that I asked if you know of any RON platforms for me to join please reply with a few examples of those is what I was asking you not a link to the nna and how to become a notary in NJ because I'm already commissioned with the state of New Jersey okay please answer me please thank you

National Notary Association

11 May 2022

Hello. If you go to the link we provided,, under the section "What tools and technology do I need to perform online notarizations?" is list of some RON platforms that meet state requirements.

Connie Miralrio

16 Jun 2022

This video was super helpful. I’ve been notary since ‘97, and recently a NSA, but I’d love to expand my side businesses by signing up as RON.

Lisa Y Liang

01 Aug 2022

Hi, I am a notary in California. Please let me know if our state passes the Law for RON (Remote Online Notarization) at this time. If so, I will apply. Thank you, Lisa Liang

National Notary Association

01 Aug 2022

Hello. California does not authorize its Notaries to perform remote notarizations at this time.

Tanzla Davis-Rodriguez

15 Aug 2022

I have listened to your recording. I am a notary today. How do I become RON in Illinois.

National Notary Association

15 Aug 2022

Hello. You can find more information about getting started in Illinois here:

05 Oct 2022

I am confused about the fees. Is the $25 fee we charge, a per signature charge or a per document charge. Have called the OK SOS and they could not give me an answer.

National Notary Association

06 Oct 2022

Online Notaries in Oklahoma may charge up to $25 per notarization.

13 Oct 2022

I’m having a hard time getting any experience at all remotely. I’m a NSA and RON and I’m feeling a little discouraged that I’ve wasted money but I have to remind myself that the market is slowing down right now. Any positive feedback.

04 Nov 2022

Hello, in the state of AZ what is the max we can charge per notarization or document?

National Notary Association

10 Nov 2022

Effective March 5, 2018, the fees that Arizona Notaries may receive or advertise are as follows (ARS 41-316.A and AAC R2-12-1102): Taking an acknowledgment: $0 to $10 per Notary signature; Administering an oath or affirmation without a signature: $0 to $10 per notarial act; Executing a jurat: $0 to $10 per Notary signature; Certifying a copy: $0 to $10 per page certified. According to the “Arizona Notary Public Reference Manual,” Notaries may charge any amount less than the maximum or may charge no fee at all. If Notaries do charge for their services, fees should “be consistent. That is, the same fee should be charged for each notarization.”

19 Nov 2022

Hi! I have a question. What size laptop monitor would be best and will an Apple M1 or M2 work good for RON? Am about to become a RON and will be purchasing a new laptop. Don't want to just buy it and then regard it. Thank you so much!

30 Jan 2023

Does GA have the ability to be an RON? If so, please provide the link. I saw earlier on a different webpage of yours it is not available but 2 months ago, I had someone perform an online Notary for me in GA.

National Notary Association

17 Feb 2023

Hello. Georgia's temporary RON provisions expired April 15, 2022.

Bruce Banks

11 Feb 2023

I am a Tennessee Notary, but want to know do I have to sign with a RON platform before I get my remote online commission ?

National Notary Association

13 Feb 2023

Hello. You would need to contract with a RON technology provider that meets state requirements. Please see here for more information:

19 Feb 2023

Hi, I've just got my certification on the Notarize platform, here in Florida. But I have doubts, as they mentioned that I can't do Copy Certifications on their platform. I got my certification on your (NNA RON Course) and, I read the FL Statutes and It's not clear for me, If here in FL, we can or cannot perform Remote Copy Certifications? and if we do, how do we perform? Let the customer show through the camera, the original document? How can we certify that the digital document it's a true, complete reproduction of the original? Thanks, I'll appreciate your help.

National Notary Association

05 May 2023

Florida Statute 117.209[1] authorizes an online Notary Public to perform any of the authorized notarial acts under Part I of Chapter 117, excluding performing the rights of matrimony. Florida Statute 117.05[12][a] authorizes a Notary Public to attest a copy and is therefore a permissible act of an online Notary Public. Although there is no procedure provided on how to attest a copy of a record through online notarization, all laws and rules governing the performance of notarial acts must be adhered to, which includes the requirement to “supervise the making of the copy of a tangible or electronic record” under FS 117.05[12][a]. For the official process, the Notary would have to check with their provider.

Mayselin Joy Bell-Forbes

02 May 2023

Hello i viewed the educational video and found it most helpful. The presenter was very knowledgeable. I am in Florida and have completed the online notary course and the signing agent course. Any tips on advertising and building my clientele.

National Notary Association

04 May 2023

Hello. We're glad you found the video helpful. You can find more articles with advertising and business building tips here:

Anita Chowyuk

21 Jul 2023

I was delighted to learn about this opportunity to develop this skill to service the community needs. When I first became a notary I considered starting a mobile notary business. Now I see I can develop my skill as a RON to enhance my ability to expand my notary skills and knowledge that will better serve those needing this service.

Lauren Predmore

26 Jul 2023

Is there a document that shows certain restriction each state has regarding RON? Also, is there something that shows what documents can be RON in each state? For example, are Easements allowed in FL to be RON? I would love to have that.

National Notary Association

26 Jul 2023

Hello. Remote notarization guidelines for each state can be found here:

27 Jul 2023

Is there a current script or process that can assist a notary with marketing the fact that they can perform RON? I use the Next Door app and I want to let my neighbors know that I can assist them with notarizations via RON.

07 Aug 2023

Hello. I am a notary in Texas. How do become a remote notary?

National Notary Association

07 Aug 2023

Hello. Please see here for Texas information:

Clifton Parker

07 Aug 2023

Very Informative.... Interested


07 Aug 2023

Can you provide me with information for becoming a RON notary in Idaho.

National Notary Association

08 Aug 2023

Hello. You can find information for Idaho here:

08 Oct 2023

I'm a Mississippi Notary Public and interested in working as a Remote Online Notary. What are my options? How do I get my digital stamp? What companies should I register with, once I get my digital stamp?

National Notary Association

26 Oct 2023

Hello. Mississippi's temporary remote notarization rules expired on Dec. 4, 2021. At this time, the state has not enacted permanent remote notarization laws.

12 Dec 2023

Hi, I am interested in becoming a notary in Illinois, and I have begun the application process and completed the NNA training and passed the Illinois exam. Right now I am working on completing my application and I need some advice on how to proceed. I chose the option of seeking training and certification as a notary and for RON in the same process. In order to complete the application, I need to have chosen my RON platform provider, and I assume that means I need to register and subscribe to a platform provider. I am using the list of approved providers in Illinois, and I find that in order to register with them I need to have completed the process of becoming a notary and have my commission information available. My question is, do I need at this point to separate the two issues, and complete my regular notary application, and only then submit for the RON certification? It seems that is the only way I can register with a platform provider in order to provide that information on my application. Thanks for any suggestions of where I might go to get an answer to this question.

National Notary Association

15 Dec 2023

Hello. We've forwarded your questions to our Customer Care team and ask them to contact you to help guide you through the process.

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