Are you looking to become an online notary? Remote online notarizations are transforming the process of traditional notarizations. Online notarization became legal in Ohio in September 2019. The ability to have a document notarized online simplifies and streamlines the entire process for notaries and clients alike. Ohio Notary Services is the only entity authorized to provide online notary classes, education and testing for both the Online Notary Public Authorization and the Traditional Notary Public Commission. Become a remote notary public online today.
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Please note: Failure to pass the required test automatically triggers a State-mandated 30-day waiting period before the applicant can apply to retake the exam. Ohio Notary Services is prohibited from waiving this legal requirement. Should an applicant fail the exam a second time, the applicant must re-start the process with a new application including fee.
Benefits of Online Notarization
Online notarization is incredibly convenient for both the signer and the notary. With this service, a notary and signer can video chat over the internet as opposed to having to meet in person. This process is also called remote, webcam or virtual notarization. There are many benefits to offering an online notarization service, including the following:
- Provides a welcome service to clients who simply are not able to make it to an office.
- Allows for the ability to maintain a safe social distance.
- Efficiently conduct notarizations in significantly less time than traditional notarizations.
- Be confident about the identity of the person seeking your services through advanced security safeguards required by law.
- “Go Green” with digital-only copies of the documents being notarized.
- Offer clients a video recording of the entire notarization process.
- State maximum fee of $25.00 per notarization.
Things To Keep In Mind Before You Become An Online Notary Public
Along with the above benefits, the following are some considerations and requirements to keep in mind prior to taking the leap to become a notary. Online or remote notaries are more important than ever before. Because of this, it's important to follow the proper legal steps for becoming a legitimate online notary public.
- Remember that before becoming an online notary in Ohio, you must first hold an existing commission as a traditional notary.
- You must be at least 18 years old and be a legal resident of Ohio or an attorney practicing law in Ohio.
- Notaries cannot have been convicted of or plead guilty or no contest to any disqualifying offenses.
- Ohio Notary Services recommends our partner SIGNiX as the provider of your remote online notary platform. This is a critical step before you begin your application with the Secretary of State.
- Don’t begin our online notary classes until you are certain you have the time to closely watch the educational video. The two-hour training video is required by statute and was approved by the Secretary of State’s office. Please pay close attention to the information provided and take thorough notes. You may not be familiar with the changes covered under the new law.
- If you fail the exam, the statute requires a 30-day waiting period before you can make a second attempt. ONS cannot waive the 30-day waiting period. There are no exceptions.
For more information on becoming a notary in Ohio, please review our Become A Traditional Notary checklist and FAQ page. And learn more about becoming an Ohio online notary public by visiting our helpful ONS Blog.
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