As of 2020, 23 states have officially allowed RON (Remote Online Notarization) which can be done remotely via video and relies on third party KBA (Knowledge Based Authentication). This option is ideal when it is certain that a wet-signature will not be required for the transaction in question and a PDF copy will suffice. We are happy to connect you with a remote online notary at the same rates we offer for in-person meetings.
For cases when a paper original is needed, a signer has to physically meet with a notary and sign the notary’s journal for the notarization of their signature to be complete (in states where notaries are required to keep journals).
The notary also has to physically examine the signer’s ID and ensure that they are signing the document of their own free will which requires a physical meeting.