How to get paperwork notarized.
Getting a document notarized is easy because most banks have a notary public on staff. If you’re looking to get a notarization, this is often the best place to go, and many of these banks provide notary services for free to their customers. Many public offices or public officials often have a notary on staff as well.
Other financial service providers, like credit unions, real estate firms, and tax preparers, also have notaries available and provide that service to their clients. Many legal firms even have a mobile notary who can travel to witness signatures.
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.