Remote Online Notary
What is Remote Online Notarization (RON)?
With Remote Online Notarization, a signer personally appears before the Notary at the time of the notarization using audio-visual technology over the internet instead of being physically present in the same room. Remote Online Notarization is also called webcam notarization, online notarization or virtual notarization.
Is Remote Online Notarization the same as electronic notarization?
Many people confuse electronic notarization with remote online notarization, believing they are the same. They are not.
Electronic notarization, or eNotarization, involves documents that are notarized in electronic form, and the Notary and document signer sign with an electronic signature. But all other elements of a traditional, paper notarization apply to electronic notarization, including the requirement for the signer to physically appear before the Notary.
The confusion arises from the fact that Remote Online Notarizations typically involve digital documents that are signed and notarized electronically. However they go a step further in that the transaction is conducted online rather than in person.
What states allow Remote Online Notarization (RON)?