There are more than 1 billion different documents notarized in the United States every year. And doing so is often a time-consuming and antiquated experience.
But an interesting new app is using technology and the iPhone to make the entire process quick and easy.
The Notarize app was made legal after a bill passed in Virginia in 2011 allowing notaries certified by that state to complete remote notarizations via a live video call. All documents remotely notarized are accepted by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Here’s a promo video that explains more about how the service works. Click here if you can’t see it.
If you’ve ever had a document notarized, using the app should definitely be familiar. In the first step, you’ll upload a document from a cloud storage service like Dropbox or directly from your iPhone. It will then be converted into a PDF.
You’ll then be required to prove your identity by snapping a pictured of your driver’s license or other documents like a passport. Once that happens, you’ll need to fill out any necessary forms or fields on the documents.
Then you’ll connect to a licensed Virginia notary. They will confirm your identity, witness a signature, and then walk you through the rest of the process. After the document is notarized, it can be downloaded to Dropbox, saved to your iPhone, or emailed to anywhere needed.
Notarize is designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. You’ll have to pay a $25 fee for each notarization.
If you’re interested in learning more about the service, you can read the complete FAQ from the company’s site.
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