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Go Back May 11, 2015

Valid Nationally

Notarize is a remote electronic notary service that is valid in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia.

In 2012, the Commonwealth of Virginia enacted Senate Bill 827 and House Bill 2318, allowing appropriately certified Virginia notaries to complete remote notarization via live video call. Furthermore, Virginia gave its notaries the ability to notarize documents for a national audience.

No matter what state you’re in, you are connected with a commissioned Virginia e-notary by live video call. Using digital tools, you will sign before the notary during the live call. The notary public will then affix their signature, seal and other notarial information to the document.

Once complete, a document remotely notarized in Virginia is valid across state lines due to the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution in addition to state laws that specifically address and accept out of state notarizations across the country. Notarize has identified the statutes in each state that accept out of state notarizations. Click any state in the map above to learn more.

Other Resources

The Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) is the leading resource for the property records industry. In January 2016, the eNotary Work Group of PRIA released a paper on “Traditional Assurances for Electronically Recorded Documents.” The intent of the paper was to provide all recording jurisdictions with confidence that electronic notarization is valid and acceptable for recording documents in the public record. The paper states that documents that are notarized remotely and electronically are given the same legal treatment as paper documents.

PRIA – Electronic Notarization – Traditional Assurances for Electronically Recorded Documents

In 2013, the Commonwealth of Virginia released the Electronic Notarization Assurance Standard. The purpose of the standard is to ensure recognition and acceptance of documents notarized by Virginia electronic notaries worldwide. 

The Virginia Electronic Notarization Assurance Standard