Notary forums are atwitter with the news about webcam notarizations. You know, your customer is sitting in an office or residence somewhere, perhaps in another state, and you, the notary, are sitting, well, somewhere else.
The point is that you, the notary, and your customer are not in the same room.
And yet, a new company called NotaryNow is advertising their webcam notarization service.
So how can a webcam notarization be legitimate?
It’s not – in Pennsylvania or in the other 49 states.
Last week, PAN spoke with the owners of NotaryNow and watched a demonstration of their process.
According to NotaryNow, documents that need notarizing are uploaded onto the customer’s computer. The customer’s identification is also uploaded. A live notary conducts “checks” and the customer signs the documents using the computer mouse. Then the notary reviews, notarizes and seals the documents. Upon payment ($14.99 per notary signature payable to NotaryNow and billed to a credit card), the customer will receive the notarized documents via their computer.
NotaryNow is allegedly using notaries in New Jersey to conduct webcam notarizations.
“The concept of long distance webcam notarization is not a legal practice in Pennsylvania,” said Marc L. Aronson, president of the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries (PAN). “Our recommendation is that if you are approached to participate in this type of notarization, decline immediately.”
Please feel free to E-mail Marc L. Aronson at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments or questions about webcam notarizations.