The notarization industry is one of those that required services to be done even after the pandemic had hit the world. While the court had stopped most of the proceedings, there were still documents that clients were required to get notarized for several different purposes. This is why an alternative that did exist for quite a while came into use at a larger level. Yes, we are talking about Remote Online Notarization, which is more commonly referred to as RON.
With the need for RONs, things might have gotten a bit confused. This is because there already existed the other two, i.e. traditional and electronic notarization types. Since it has been almost half a year since COVID-19 hit us, we have now been able to accustom ourselves to a post-pandemic world. In this regard, notarization is also now available in all three ways and it depends on your state and the regulations being followed there, which one would be most feasible and appropriate for you.
Hence, we have listed all the ways which signify the differences between these three types so that you can identify clearly which one is more appropriate with regards to your needs and for your state.
The documentation is required to be in hard copy paper format in traditional notarization. All the documents that need to be signed and other required documents that may identify the signer’s identity are needed to be present in hard copy at the time of notarization. In contrast to that, both for In-Person Electronic Notarization (IPEN) and RON, the documents need to be in electronic form. Even if there is something in hard copy which needs to be signed, for both of these ways, you may want to get an e-copy of those prepared beforehand.
We all are well aware that notarization is an extremely serious and significant task that holds accountability. This is why an in-person meeting with the notary was always required. While in traditional and even electronic notarization, face-to-face interaction and meeting with the notary was mandatory, now that the pandemic may restrict this facility, RON requires you to meet with the notary public through an online platform which provides audio-visual services so that you can see each other, even if it is done remotely.
Signature and Seals
The last on our list which is also equally important is the difference in signature and seal process. While both traditional and electronic notarization required both parties to meet in person when it comes to signatures and the official seal, only a traditional setting requires physical signatures on paper and after the procedure is done, the notary puts an official seal. As for both IPEN and RON, all the signatures made by the signer, the signature required on the notary certificate, and the official seal are all done electronically.