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The Top 5 Myths About Remote Online Notary

February 23, 2021 - Posted by Editor

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MYTH 1 – Remote online notarization can’t spot fake IDs​

TRUTHS

  • Provides notaries with online, database-driven identity verification tools that help vet the signers appearing before them
  • Adds a layer of safety and security to the transaction that doesn’t occur in-person
  • Notaries ask questions and use the ID photos captured during credential analysis
  • Mobile notaries have had uncomfortable experiences with intimidating signers in unfamiliar places

MYTH 2 – Remote online notarization enables fraud​

TRUTHS

  • Remote online notarizations are more secure than traditional, in-person notarizations through a number of key security features
  • Recorded video session

MYTH 3 – Remote online notarization can’t detect duress​

TRUTHS

  • Coercion isn’t limited to someone on the other side of a laptop​
  • No notary, remote or otherwise, has the power to detect duress, especially duress which occurs subtly and over time – such as family pressure – or duress which occurs away from the signing table, such as financial pressure or threats​
  • Best chance to prove that is by reviewing the session and looking for those subtle cues​

MYTH 4 – Remote online notarization hinders law enforcement efforts​

TRUTHS

  • Every transaction is recorded and securely stored, and once the notary completes each document in a transaction, the document is tamper-sealed and cannot be altered.
  • RON platforms allow you to review the tapes and the documents
  • Paper notarizations are a security concern.

MYTH 5 – Anyone can conduct remote online notarizations​

TRUTHS

  • Notaries understand that there’s a process they must go through to earn their commission​
  • Number of security and record keeping standards that RON platforms must abide by to conduct business online​

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