Magazine article Information Management

E-Notarization Gaining Popularity, Whitepaper Finds

Magazine article Information Management

E-Notarization Gaining Popularity, Whitepaper Finds

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As e-notarization processes have become more secure, two types are gaining traction. In-person e-notarizations call for a signer and notary to sign electronically on a computer or mobile device. Remote notarization allows the notary to verify signers' identities through a video conference, meaning the two parties don't need to be together in the same place.

Currently, remote notarizations are legal only in Montana and Virginia. Montana e-notarizations require both notaries and signers to be based in Montana, but Virginia's policy allows Virginia notaries to issue remote e-notarizations for signers in other states, according to Legaltech News.

By removing the need to meet in person, notarization becomes a less expensive, simpler process, proponents say. But critics question the security of webcam notarizations.

Pern Guerry, executive vice president of e-signature company SIGNiX, told Legaltech News that while there are some risks, there are big advantages to remote notarizations, especially concerning form security. …

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