As social distancing becomes more common due to the COVID-19 Remote Online Notarization (RON) may be a resourceful tool. As of January 1, 2020, Florida has passed a law that authorizes the notarization of documents using an online platform. RON will allow a notarial act to be completed without the need of the same physical location as the Notary Public.
To conduct a RON, both signer and Notary must be in a RON platform. An electronic format of the document will be uploaded into the RON platform. The platform has the audiovisual technology that allows the notary to see, hear, and communicate with the signer. If the signer is not in the state of Florida, the notary public confirms that the signer wants document notarized by a Florida Notary and under Florida Law. Once the Notary Public verifies the Notary Public identity and Notary is confident that the signer is not being coerced and is mentally competent both the signer and Notary sign the document electronically. The Notary attaches an electronic seal, and the document is ready to be retrieved by the signer. This new system allows clients to get their documents notarized no matter their location and gives notaries the ability to notarize documents without leaving the comfort of their homes.
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