For anyone who knows the painÂ of having to look for a public notary, you may be interested inÂ the new Notarize app that just hit the App Store today. Users can actuallyÂ get documents legally notarizedÂ conveniently from the iPhone. Here’s how it works:
ThanksÂ to a law passedÂ in 2011 by the state of Virginia, certified VirginianÂ notaries can complete remote notarization using live video calls. Notarize takes advantage of this and other related laws to create a seamless notarization process. WithoutÂ having to search for or wait in lines for public notaries, users can quickly notarize documents from anywhere with an iPhone and an Internet connection.
Here’s how Notarize explainsÂ it:
Notarize is the first on-demand remote, electronic notary service valid in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia. In 2011, the Commonwealth of Virginia passed Senate Bill 827 and House Bill 2318, allowing appropriately certified Virginia notaries to complete remote notarization via live video call.
Furthermore, a document remotely notarized in Virginia is valid across state lines due to the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution and state laws that specifically address and accept out of state notarizations. Notarize leverages these and other laws to offer people and businesses the ability to legally notarize documents electronically, from anywhere.
Notarize simplifies the notarization process by allowing users to upload their own documents overÂ email, cloud services like Dropbox, or any app that supports iOSÂ document sharing. Each document notarization costs $25, and both public and private institutions will accept documents notarized out-of-state. Notarize even providesÂ a contact email just in case they don’t.
Once the document has been uploaded, Notarize users prove their identity by taking a picture of a government issued photo ID. ThenÂ utilizingÂ Confirm’sÂ ID verification system, documents can beÂ validated within seconds. After that, the users are connected over live video (similar to a FaceTime or Skype video call) to the notary agentÂ where they are assisted the rest of the way.
Notarize is available for free in the App Store and is compatible with iPhones on iOS 8 and higher. Notary services through the application areÂ available in all 50 states, and Notarize has set up a thoroughÂ FAQÂ as well.
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