Wondering what is an electronic notary? An electronic notary, which is also known as an e-notary or eNotary, is a notary public who is authorized to perform notarization on electronic documents. And just like a traditional notary public, an electronic notary also uses an electronic notary signature or electronic notary seal to notarize these documents, although, the seals they are using are digital. To maintain the integrity of the notary process, an electronic notary is given by the Secretary of State a unique identifying number.
Electronic notarization is a growing trend in the notarization world with and iPads and tablets becoming increasingly popular and notaries looking to differentiate their services. And with this development, some States are already offering notaries public in grabbing an electronic notary commission. Presently, the States who have permitted electronic notarization include California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
It is important to note that with electronic notarization, the notary is required by the State to follow some of the procedures of traditional paper-based notarization. It means that a person seeking an electronic notarization is still required to physically appear before the electronic notary. Any other electronic medium, like a webcam, is not permitted by the Secretary of State’s Office as a means to appear before a notary
An electronic notary is very useful in the event that a person needs a document notarized immediately. Some of the documents that need to be notarized in minutes include bids, specifications, architectural drawings, or bills. Utilizing the service of an electronic notary gives any person a competitive advantage over those a regular notary public.