Learn where you can use documents notarized on the Notarize platform.
Also, check out What Documents Can Be Notarized on the Notarize Platform? or Will My Document Be Accepted? for more information.
Documents for Use Within the United States
Notarize is a remote electronic notary public platform that enables online notarization of documents for use in the United States. Every state provides legal authority for the recognition and acceptance of common out-of-state notarizations. Check out our guide about remote online notarization here.
If you have a valid United States Social Security Number (SSN) and are currently traveling or living abroad, you can use Notarize to notarize documents for use in the United States. When you sign up, use your current US address, your most recent US address, or a US address at which you resided for an extended period of time. Get started on Notarize here!
Documents for Use Outside of the United States
Notarize should not be utilized when documents are intended for use outside of the United States:
- The requirements for the online notarization of documents that are to be used in another country differ by state and are not automatically enforced by the Notarize platform.
- An apostille granted by the notary’s commissioning state is usually required to authenticate documents for use in a foreign country. Most states have not developed a process for issuing apostilles for electronically notarized documents.
- Finally, using the platform for these documents can implicate various laws that the platform is not configured to comply with, such as the data privacy laws of a foreign country.
As we are unable to ensure that the signer will be connected with a notary from a state that issues apostilles for these documents or that the notarization will comply with the necessary legal requirements, we recommend that the person bring their document to a traditional notary to complete their notarization.
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