Information about purchasing a digital certificate from IdenTrust.
🎯Primary Audience: Notaries
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Need to Know
A digital certificate is an electronic credential used to digitally tamper seal notarized documents. You must purchase a digital certificate from IdenTrust and upload it to your profile.
Obtaining a digital certificate from IdenTrust takes between 3 and 5 days. You may choose any of the 3 IGC Agencies Basic Assurance Unaffiliated certificate options:
- 1 Year: $62.00
- 2 Year: $112.00
- 3 Year: $149.00
🚨 Notarize will not accept digital certificates issued by other vendors.
📝 IdenTrust requires you to provide certain personal information to validate your identity before issuing you a digital certificate.
Who is Identrust?
IdenTrust is the digital certificate provider of choice for Notarize. We do not accept any other digital certificates at this time. Obtain and/or download your digital certificate:
- I need to obtain a digital certificate
- I need instructions on how to download my digital certificate
Why do I need a digital certificate?
A digital certificate provides an electronic means of proving your identity to Notarize and the notary regulator in the applicable commissioning state.
- Identifies the notary that provided services on an electronic document
- Enable the notary to digitally sign an electronic document
- Tamper seals the electronic document to assure the recipient that the document has not changed since the digital certificate was applied.
Why does Identrust need my personal information?
IdenTrust must validate a notary's identity to issue a digital certificate. The personal information must be provided by a notary to IdenTrust to validate their identity. Issuing this digital certificate to a notary is similar to a remote notarization when a signer goes through identity proofing.
IdenTrust issues certificates under the IdenTrust Global Common (IGC) program, a policy owned and managed by IdenTrust and cross-certified with the Federal Bridge PKI program for digitally signing and sealing electronic documents. IGC certificates are considered identity-based because the identity of the individual who applies for the certificate is “vetted” by validating that the information provided during the application process is accurate. Only then can a digital certificate be issued.
A digital certificate is required for every notary in every state that permits RON. A digital certificate provides an electronic means of proving your identity to Notarize and the notary regulator in the applicable commissioning state.
How is Notarize different than other RON providers?
Other remote notarization platforms issue their own digital certificates to notaries by requiring them to seek another notary for a paper/traditional notarization using an affidavit of identity. Essentially, they rely on a notary's old, outdated in-person verification practices to identify a notary for their RON platforms - how crazy is that?!?
Notarize relies upon IdenTrust to securely authenticate your identity and issue a digital certificate to you, using a NIST Level of Assurance for remote identity proofing. This includes using Knowledge-Based Authentication (KBA) to provide better identity proofing of a notary before issuing a digital certificate. Additionally, IdenTrust requires notaries to comply with the Federal Bridge Certificate Authority standards for identity proofing.
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