Online Notarization Website?

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with Scanlon Signing Services

I recently came across an Online Notarization Website that offers online notarization through a web cam and video chat. I thought to myself how can this be without personal appearance, that is one of the cornerstones of the Notary office.

When I investigated further I learned that the only state this is allowed in is New Jersey. But it made me wonder if this is where the notary office is going in the future. I don't see how you can properly identify and individual over a web cam and also you cant see anything going on outside of the viewing window, what if they are being coerced in some way. I feel this would de-value the notary office and could create additional opportunities for fraud.

I know that personal appearance is one of the most important rules as a notary, but who knows what the future holds.

Lisa Scanlon, CSA
941-447-7130
www.ScanlonSigningServices.com

Comments (4)

Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

I don't think any court would take an online notary signature. After all the whole point of getting something notarized is to authenticate the person signing as in real life not online.

Jan 19, 2011 06:39 AM
Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

I don't think any court would take an online notary signature. After all the whole point of getting something notarized is to authenticate the person signing as in real life not online.

Jan 19, 2011 06:40 AM
Lisa Scanlon
Scanlon Signing Services - Bradenton, FL
Certified Signing Agent

I agree Victor, thanks for the comment.

Jan 19, 2011 09:46 AM
James Lissemore
Flexo-Notaries Inc. - Scotch Plains, NJ

This is NOT legal in NJ. to verify call NJ Tres. Dept. Notary Div. 609-292-7061

Chris Hawkins of NotaryNow is a liar.

Feb 07, 2011 03:29 AM