E-Notary Versus Remote Online Notary: What Is In a Name?

  • By jack

  • 12 April, 2015

Only NotaryCam offers a Truly Remote Online Notary Experience

As states move to adopt e-Notary and Remote Online Notary laws, it is important to understand that these two terms describe distinctly different services.

In much the same way that “Take Out” and “Delivery” offer the same end (tasty restaurant food in your own home) by two very different means, e-Notary and Remote Online Notary both offer paperless notarization – but with two very different levels of safety, security, skill and convenience.

In most cases, e-Notary requires that all the participants and a Notary be physically present in the same room at the time of signing. Additionally, e-Notary is only legal in the handful of states that allow it, such as California, Michigan, Kansas, Delaware, North Carolina and Arizona.

By contrast, the Remote Notary services offered by NotaryCam can be performed – as the name suggests – remotely. With just a Webcam connection, a soldier stationed halfway around the world, a spouse located on the West Coast, a lender in the North East and a Notary Public in Virginia can come together virtually to close on a home simultaneously. And thanks to a 2012 Virginia State law, the notarization is legal nationwide.

Virginia law explicitly authorizes its Notaries to notarize any signature within any state with Video-Audio technology, and the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution requires each state to respect the “public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state,” meaning a Virginian Remote Notary’s digital “stamp” is recognized even in states that haven’t yet passed e-Notary laws.

So while other companies deploy laptop-wielding Notaries to physically witness and verify signatures in a select number of states, only NotaryCam offers the skill and services of licensed Virginia Notaries who are available via Webcam any time, no matter where you happen to be.

Another crucial distinction that sets NotaryCam apart is safety. NotaryCam uses secure verification tools for identity authentication that have been hailed by law enforcement agencies throughout the country as highly effective in fraud prevention.

Also, by recording the Video-Audio portion of the session and storing it securely as digital evidence, NotaryCam’s technology deters identity thieves. With everyone looking at each other in a “virtual closing room,” and with the cameras recording the entire transaction, NotaryCam stops fraud before it can be committed.

Convenient. Safe. Legal. While “e-Notary” and “Remote Notary” sound like the same modern take on an ancient business, only NotaryCam’s Remote Notary services are truly tailored for our digital age.