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How to get documents notarized.
When it comes to legal matters, notarization keeps things above board. Learn how to notarize legal documents and explore the future of online notarization.
Signed, sealed, delivered.
Odds are, at some point, you’ve encountered a notary or needed to get a document signed in front of one. The notarization process deters fraud and ensures that individuals or groups that are part of a transaction are acting authentically. Sometimes referred to as “notarial acts,” notarization is a three-part process performed by a certified Notary Public or someone holding a notarial certificate.
This is the most common form of notarization. A notary’s presence certifies that the person signing is who they say they are and did indeed sign the document. They often provide a notary signature demonstrating this.
This type of notarization is required when ownership of assets like property, powers of attorney, or trusts are transferred. For acknowledgment, you’ll be required to appear in person and declare that the signature on a given document is yours and that you agree with any changes or new terms.
For certification, a notary will make a copy of an original document and certify that the contents of the document are true, exact, and complete. Often this is done with transcripts, passports, and driver’s licenses.
Jurat is far less common, but it’s used for evidence-related documents and affidavits (written statements), which require you to sign and swear that the evidence you’re giving is true. Jurat notarization is often used to establish a credible witness for legal depositions and court settlements.
Electronic or online notary services are a tricky business. Many states don’t allow signatures to be notarized digitally, so an in-person visit is often still required. However, some areas are relaxing these rules — opening the door for notarization over video chat and other conferencing services. It depends on the type of document and your area’s notary laws.
To determine whether you’re allowed to notarize digitally, get legal advice to ensure that what you’re doing complies with state law. A notary that helps enable an online signature when it’s unlawful could be charged with unauthorized practice of law.
Digital notarization and Acrobat Sign.
Acrobat Sign offers powerful digital signature solutions, and now with a new partnership with Notarize, there are more ways than ever for electronic notary services to flourish where and when they’re allowed.
Start your signature workflow within Acrobat Sign, sending out documents to necessary parties so they can affix their signatures. Then, with the integration with Notarize, execute remote notarization as if you were there in person.
Acrobat Sign also offers some powerful cost-reducing assists:
- Less printing, filing, mailing, and storage hassles
- Going end-to-end with digital signatures and document tracking
- Storage for e-signed and notarized documents with a tamper-evident audit trail
- Use of the Bring Your Own Notary service in Notarize to support your in-house notary
Every year, more than 1.25 billion documents are notarized by more than 4.5 million notaries in the US alone. That’s a lot of time that can be saved with Acrobat Sign. Get started right away with powerful tools that will turn your business into a well-oiled machine.