Traditional Notarization

 The process for a traditional notarization is generally as follows━

  1. The signer must be physically present in front of me.

  2. The signer's identity must be verified by either (1) seeing their driver's license, identification card, passport, or other document issued by the federal government or any state government with the signer's photograph and signature, (2) the signer is introduced to me by someone who personally knows the signer and has identification or is someone who I personally know, or (3) I personally know the signer.

  3. The signer must present to me the document(s) they need to be signed in their entirety, it must include all the pages, not just the signing page. 

  4. I will check over the document(s) to ensure you've filled out everything that needs to be filled out.

  5. I will then sign the document(s) and stamp the document(s) with my seal of office, or if there is no specific place for me to sign and stamp, I will do so on a notarial certificate and hand it back to you along with the document.

  6. I will then note the notarization down in my electronic journal and have you sign the journal, along with the introducing person if such person is present.

If you do not know what type of notarization you need, I cannot help you. I, however, can show you the different types of notarization language and you can pick one. You may find it useful to contact the person(s) who gave you the document to ask what type of notarization you need.
 

 

Virtual Notarization

 The process for a virtual notarization is generally as follows━

 

  1. I must see the signer via an audio-visual conference (via Google Meet). This means that your video camera must be turned on at all times throughout the notarization. Audio, however, can be either via the signer's computer or telephone.

  2. The signer's identity must be verified by either (1) me personally knowing them, (2) the signer is introduced to me by someone who personally knows them and has identification such as a driver's license, identification card, passport, or some other government-issued credential with their photo and signature on it, or (3) the signer giving me photos of their government-issued credential. If I am given a government-issued credential, I must verify it using identity proofing and credential analysis software. That software will give the signer a five-question quiz related to their personal history or identity, formulated from public and proprietary data sources. I will help you throughout the process. I, however, cannot give you the answers to the quiz.

  3. The signer must present to me the document(s) they need to be signed in their entirety, it must include all the pages, not just the signing page. If the signer has not already signed the document(s), I will have them electronically sign the document(s) before proceeding further.

  4. I will then check over the document(s) to ensure the signer has filled out everything that needs to be filled out.

  5. I will then sign the document(s) and electronically stamp the document(s) with my seal of office, or if there is no specific place for me to sign and stamp, I will do so on a notarial certificate and attach it to the document(s).

  6. I will then note the notarization down in my electronic journal and have you electronically sign the journal, along with the introducing person if such person is present.

 

If you do not know what type of notarization you need, I cannot help you. I, however, can show you the different types of notarization language and you can pick one. You may find it useful to contact the person(s) who gave you the document to ask what type of notarization you need.