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June 4, 2021

RON — did you invest more than you made in revenue?

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 10:44 am

The field of RON or Remote Online Notarizations is an unstable one. I have met many Notaries who do it, and a few who even like it. Some get tons of business, others get a job once in a blue moon, and many get nothing.

The costs of being a RON are hundreds and a lot of work. You need to get commissioned, perhaps get an online journal, and software, and approvals from the various platforms or agencies that deal with RON identification and other processes such as Pavaso and about six other popular options.

With Coronavirus abounding, people thought there would be more of a demand for RON. Many state governors made abrupt executive orders allowing it, and there were changes in legislation in various states (I don’t know the details) allowing more online notarizations.

Whether or not RON is secure, or whether you can identify people sufficiently was not much of a concern for the politicians. Their goal was to find yet another way to keep you at home. It’s like Yakov Smirnoff’s comedic commercial for Russian Express Card.

American Express Card — Don’t leave home without it
Russian Express Card — Don’t leave home…. ever…

How much work you get as a RON might depend on whether or not there is a virus. It also depends on how the culture adapts to new technology. People overseas who need an American Notary have to use it. Most of the clients for RON are in Dubai, London, Berlin, Israel, Italy, China, or some foreign place (that often has some sort of really long wall).

Worth it or not?
If you like dealing with all of the computer technology and think it’s cool, in the long run it might work for you if you can figure out how to market yourself. For others who are doing it just for the money, the money is not there yet, so don’t do it unless you can’t live without it.

People on 123notary who list that they are a RON get a lot more clicks. It is impressive and lets the world know you go above and beyond what the average Notary does.



  1. I go above and beyond!! Yes, I am an RON!!

    Comment by Grace Kelly — September 27, 2021 @ 12:44 pm

  2. I haven’t had a single request for RON. I jumped all the hoops – got re-commissioned, found a platform and got my signature file – all of it. Paid and paid and paid. No return.

    Comment by Ann L Lamon — September 27, 2021 @ 5:47 pm

  3. I do between 5-10 RON closings a month. I don’t mind them and I paid nothing to get set up.

    Comment by Earnest Ramadan — September 27, 2021 @ 6:28 pm

  4. Thanks for the advise. I was considering becoming RON certified. Now I think I’ll wait for a while.

    Comment by Bernadette Jacoban — September 29, 2021 @ 12:40 am

  5. This is a great article that definitely addresses the issues that notaries who obtain the requirements to become a RON notary face. I think the advice about marketing yourself is great advice. Definitely a plus to have a notary. I think eventually it will catch on people will like the convenience of it and the fact that they dont have to go anywhere to get things notarized. There is the setback that people are accustomed to doing things the traditional way. Stick through it market yourself and you will come out on top.

    Comment by Latavia Everett — September 29, 2021 @ 5:24 pm

  6. I never got an offer. Even though I regret spending all that money, I don’t feel “remotely” (pardon the pun) comfortable with the whole RON concept, so I’m actually glad it didn’t take off! So much room for fraud, and I’m still the one they’ll come after if something goes awry! No thanks!

    Comment by Candice N Russell-Vermilyea — September 29, 2021 @ 8:46 pm

  7. The Ron class at NNA is inexpensive. What were your total costs to get set up please?

    Comment by Elle — October 8, 2021 @ 11:49 am

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