Remote Online Notary (RON) in Florida
Increase Your Revenue by Notarizing Across the Country
The most sought after notaries are those who can perform live video notarizations in Florida remotely.
Starting at $89
$25,000 E&O Minimum
List of RON Providers
Link to Education Course
3 Simple Steps
Once you are a commissioned Florida Notary, you qualify to become a Remote Online Notary.
Complete Your Registration Packet & Training
Submit Your Registration Packet to the State
Get Approved by Department of State
Sometimes, seeing a notary in-person just isn’t a viable option. Whether someone is traveling, pressed for time, or can’t seem to find an available notary that fits their hectic schedule, being able to access one virtually is the next best thing. For these instances, ensuring you are set up for Florida online notary services is of the utmost importance.
A remote online notary, or RON, is a commissioned notary public who is authorized to provide notary services online via audio-video services that meet the requirements of the state’s administrative code. While many believe electronic notarization is the same as remote online notarization, they are very different. Although electronic notarizations involve documents being signed in an electronic format, they still require both the notary and the individual seeking notarization to be physically present. Remote online notarization is done 100% online, meaning neither party has to be in the physical presence of the other.
In current times, online notarizations in Florida have become highly sought-after services not only due to their convenience but also for health and safety concerns. Even if you feel safe being out and about in the world and seeing customers in-person, that doesn’t mean everyone in need of notary services does. The best way to ensure the safety of all parties is to adapt to RON services in Florida. Being able to safely conduct business isn’t the only benefit to RON, either.
The ability to see customers and conduct live video notarizations can save you time and money. Since notaries don’t have to drive to various locations, they can see more customers a day, earning more money in the process.
Conducting live video notarizations in Florida doesn’t just save on travel time. It can also save you overhead costs since you no longer have to print out endless amounts of paper or spend money filling up your gas tank. When it’s a hot or rainy day, you won’t have to endure the elements to get the signatures you need. Additionally, RON services make it nearly impossible to miss a signature; most systems will not let you complete the process if one is missing.
You aren’t the only one who will appreciate the convenience—your customers will, too. Remote notary services let you reach more customers whose schedules or location make it difficult for them to stop by your office. By becoming a RON in Florida, you can increase your clientele by simply offering a service that’s both convenient and efficient in a time when digital services are dominating.
Frequently Asked Questions
Beginning January 1, 2020, Florida notaries may register to perform remote online notarizations (RONs).
A remote online notary is a commissioned notary public who is also authorized to perform notarizations online using audio-video technology standards that meets the requirements set forth in Chapter 117, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 1N-7.001, Florida Administrative Code.
To register as a remote online notary, below are the steps you will need to take:
- Review statues and rules related to notaries public and remote online notaries public.
- Complete a remote online notary education course covering the duties, obligations and technology requirements for serving as a remote online notary.
- Obtain a $25,000 notary bond.
- Obtain a notary errors & omissions insurance policy in the minimum amount of $25,000.
- Select a RON service technology provider that is compliant with Florida law.
- Complete the registration form (see attached). The registration form will need to be notarized by another notary.
- Submit the completed registration form along with payment of $10 by check payable to the Florida Department of State. You must include proof of your bond and insurance policy, a copy of your appointment as a notary public and evidence of completing a course for remote online notaries.
Many believe they are the same, but they are not. While electronic notarizations involve documents signed and notarized in an electronic format, all other elements of a traditional notarization apply, including the signer physically appearing before the notary. With remote notarizations, the transaction is performed online through means of audio-video technology rather than in person.
You will need to partner with a remote online notarization service provider whose technology complies with standards and requirements pursuant to Chapter 117, Florida Statutes, and Chapter 1N-7.001, Florida Administrative Code.
No. Apps such as FaceTime, Skype and Google Duo do not meet the requirements for a RON service provider set by Florida Statutes.
Visit the Department of State’s website to view the list of approved course providers.
No. Remote notary are required to obtain a different E&O policy in the amount of $25,000.
No. Your current notary bond is in the amount of $7,500. You will need to purchase a new bond in the amount of $25,000.
The registration will run concurrently with your existing notary public commission and will expire on the same day, regardless of when the online notary registration was filed.
The notary bond will run concurrently with your existing notary public commission and will expire on the same day, regardless of when the online notary registration was filed.