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May I travel to other states to perform remote notarizations?

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I understand California does not yet allow remote online notarization, but Nevada does. If I am commissioned in both California and Nevada, can I use my Nevada commission to perform remote notarizations when I am located in California? Or do I need to physically be in Nevada to complete remote notarizations authorized by my Nevada commission? — E.G., California

No, you may not use your Nevada Notary commission to perform a remote notarial act when you are located in California. A Nevada Electronic Notary may perform a remote online notarization by means of audio-video communication only if the electronic Notary is physically present in Nevada at the time of performing the electronic notarial act.

Guidelines for remote notarization in other states can be found in the Remote Online Notarization section of the NNA Knowledge Center.

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04 Apr 2024

I'm new at notary in Idaho and was woundering how it works in other stated

National Notary Association

08 Apr 2024

Hello. Please see here for information on remote notarization in Idaho:

Mel Garcia

15 Apr 2024

As a CA notary, I find it interesting that Nevada will appoint non-residents as NPs and that the California SOS allows its notaries to have a notary commission in other states. By the way, how will the Nevada SOS know if the notary in this case is physically located in Nevada when performing a remote notarization?

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