If you have a webcam, you can now Notarize Documents without leaving your computer
Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) January 12, 2011
Before scheduling a mobile notary or running to the local notary's office, check out NotaryNow, the first online notarization website. Today the company announced the public beta of their web-based Notary platform, allowing individuals and companies access to their online notarization service. "I am thrilled that after much development that we are able to offer an easier way for consumers to get to a notary and sign a document," said Chris Hawkins, CEO of NotaryNow. “Until now, notarization has been little changed by the digital revolution. NotaryNow takes advantage of new technologies to allow consumers a superior notary experience. Launching is only the first step towards making notarization a better process."
Start the process by registering for an account, adding an ID and uploading a document. NotaryNow then asks a series of questions based off the public records to ensure the account holder matches the individual, and connects you to a notary. You personally appear in front of a notary over webcam, who is able to complete their checks and signatures in a matter of minutes. Opening a new account and signing takes about 15 minutes, substantially faster than going to a notary or finding a mobile notary. It can take less than 5 minutes for existing customers to completely sign, notarize, and download their document.
When complete, the signer gets a document that has signatures that combine the look of a wet-ink, handwritten signature, with the protection of a digital certificate (also known as an electronic notarization or eNotary). This allows you to ensure that a notary really did sign a document and that the document is unaltered.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of the web notary system is the video recording of the signings. All signing sessions are recorded to provide an additional layer of fraud protection. "We have worked closely with firms who have used notarizations and have lost millions to improper notarization and fraud," said Andrew Ellis, President of NotaryNow. "Ultimately, recording videos of the signings prevents fraud by allowing people involved in a contract to refer to that file in the event of fraud and know definitively whether someone has actually signed.”
Internet notarizations will not necessarily work for everyone, including people who need handwritten signatures, or people who do not have a webcam. "However," said Hawkins, "if you have a webcam, you can now Notarize Documents without leaving your computer," and that's something completely new.
NotaryNow was founded by Andrew Ellis and Chris Hawkins in 2010 to make notarizations easy for customers and eliminate the questions: "Did this person actually sign this document?" After a year of legal and technical development, NotaryNow launched as the first web based service offering online notarizations and witnessing over the internet with a webcam.