Beginning January 1, 2020, Florida now allows for online remote notarial acts. Most acknowledgments, jurats, oaths, and the like are currently available. However, some documents are not authorized for Remote Online Notarizations until July 1, 2020, of which will be: Power of Attorneys, Wills, and other testamentary documents. At that time, we will offer such services to our clients.
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
Go to our website at www.attorneycosmo.com. Click on “REMOTE ONLIONE NOTARY” in the menu. Simply upload your form, pay your $25.00 fee and you will be contacted to by mail to verify your identity through third-party verification and adopt your e-signature. Once complete you will be contacted to set an appointment with the Florida Approved Remote Online Notary (RON) to complete your notarial act. (electronic requirements and restrictions may apply).
HOW WILL THE NOTARY BE ABLE TO VERIFY THE SIGNER’S IDENTITY?
Through a third-party identification verification process with strict guidelines set by Florida statute. You will be required to confirm your identity using proprietary ID verification tools and provide your name, date of birth, last four digits of your social security number, and current or previous US addresses. You will have to answer five security questions within 2 minutes to verify your identity. You will have to provide an acceptable form of ID. IMPORTANT: State laws are specific and very strict regarding ID verification, and even if a person qualifies for ID verification there is no guarantee one will pass no matter how many times ID verification is attempted.
HOW CAN I SIGN A DOCUMENT ELECTRONICALLY?
Your e-signature. After your identity has been verified, you will then get a link to adopt your e-signature for the limited purpose of the notarial act. Your e-signature will be the signature that appears on your document. Your E-signature is electronically attached to your ID-Verification that you completed and electronically certified to the specific document to be notarized. There is no printing and scanning back and forth to execute the document. The complete notarial act is completed electronically. All you need is a computer with internet access and browser (works best with Firefox or Chrome).
HOW LONG DOES THIS PROCESS TAKE?
Once your e-signature has been adopted, the RON will be notified to contact you to complete your notary session or schedule a specific time to complete your notary session.
(In most cases it can been done within 10-15 minutes, if not sooner, after your e-signature is adopted. However, if the RON is in another notarial session, you will be emailed to schedule another convenient time to complete your notarization).
Upon conclusion of the notary session, you will receive an email from Docverify with your completed documents. The RON will also email our firm the signed and notarized document and you will be copied the email.
HOW CAN I MAKE SURE THAT MY DOCUMENT IS NOT ALTERED AFTER IT IS EXECUTED?
Each Document transaction, whether it is a notarization or an e-signature document, is assigned a digital certification, which is just like a digital fingerprint of your document. Through this digital certification you can login to DocVerify.com and enter your document credentials and document to retrieve the digital fingerprint of your document, and it will compare the document you have with the digital fingerprint and will indicate whether there are any alterations.