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Is Online Notarization Legal?

Virginia was the first state to implement remote online notarization. Electronic Notaries can now meet with signers via videoconference under House Bill 2318/Senate Bill 827 signed on March 26, 2011.

Therefor, if the remote online notary is physically based in Virginia, he/she can notarize documents online regardless of where the client is located. This is as long as the document is used in the USA.

Documents that can be notarized online

  • Taking acknowledgments.

  • Administering oaths and affirmations (e.g., jurats)

  • Certifying affidavits and depositions.

  • Certifying "true copies" of documents.

  • Performing a verification of fact.

For Notaries in different states, please research your state Electronic Notary Laws before performing any notarial act. This information only pertains to the State of Virginia.


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