Online notarization benefits the entire notarization industry. It is safer, more secure, and has a more thorough record than a traditional notarization.
A standard notarization requires individuals to appear physically before a commissioned notary public where they must demonstrate proof of identity, sign (or acknowledge their signature on) a document, and, if their document requires a sworn statement, be placed under oath.
Online notarizations are very much the same, with the following additional benefits for the digital environment:
- Your requirement to appear in person before the notary is accomplished via a live audio-video call between you and a commissioned notary.
- You and the notary complete your respective portions of the document electronically.
- In lieu of a physical stamp, the notary’s electronic seal and digital certificate are attached by the notary to your document. When complete, you may print your notarized document or share it via electronic means, and you may access a video recording of the transaction.
Notarization enabled by Notarize offers other significant advantages that validate and secure your document. The notarial session is recorded to protect against identity theft and to create a secure record of the entire process. In accordance with governing statutes and rules, Notarize attaches an x.509 PKI (public key infrastructure) security certificate to each notarized document. This certificate makes the document “tamper-evident” so that the document then indicates if any subsequent change has been made to it. The digital certificate is unique to each notary and is part of the tools used to confirm the validity of the document and the authority of the notary public.
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