What is Remote Online Notarization (RON)?
An electronic notarization utilizing audio-video technology i.e. webcams versus being physically present combined with electronic record keeping takes place as this is the law of most states. Documents are shared electronically, and both the signing and notary process occur face-to-face in a virtual environment.
The Remote Notary is still a legally commissioned notary public who is authorized to conduct notarization over the internet via certified internet digital tool and a live audio video call. It is required by law that all notaries, regardless of how the service is performed, must observe as someone signs a document.
Benefits of Remote Online Notarizations (RON)?
The space of Remote Online Notarizations treads on unfamiliar territory. Most notary publics are cautious about RON because it is unfamiliar.
First, RON promotes an option to have a contactless exchange. For this reason, it will help prevent the spread of Covid-19 during notarizations. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many people are concerned about catching the disease from in-person meetings — including notarizations. This virtual option will allow win-win situation for the notary public and the customer in need of a notarial act. Since remote online notarizations allow signers and notaries to communicate remotely without physical proximity, RON eliminates any risk of the virus spreading during a notarization appointment. Using RON services for urgently needed notarizations during the current pandemic has allowed people with high-risk health issues to get documents safely notarized lacking danger of spreading illnesses.
Second, RON helps notaries work Greener. Although, there is a need to print documents the services of RON will allow us to put practices in place to become Greener. The environment matters and we should take things day-by-day to create measures to support longer life gains for all mankind.
Third, RON is safe and convenient for notaries and customers. Notarizations can be completed at home or while on-the-go. All participants of a notarization can now schedule and complete notarizations without needing to leave their homes. RON notarizing is a new, safe and effective notary method. It has proven to be a safe and beneficial way for notaries to serve the public locally and miles apart.