What can an e-notary do?
An e-notary does more or less what a regular notary does. The difference is that the e-notary has an electonic journal and electronic notary seal and notarizes electronic documents. Some might even have an electronic girlfriend too! So, the biggest matter of confusion is that people don’t understand that the signer has to appear before the e-notary. It is unclear if personal appearance will always be necessary in the future though. At one point, we read that Arizona e-notaries could notarize without personal appearance of the signer, but now they require it and the evidence of the old rule is gone!
The basic procedure for mobile e-notaries
So, basically, a mobile e-notary will go to a signer’s house, the signer will login to a website, sign some electronic documents, the notary will login and apply his/her e-seal, and have the signer sign the e-journal, and that is that. You will have to visit face to face with the signer just like now.
Will our lives change?
It looks like we might have to lug around digital signature pads in about 20 years when this technology gets popular. When you go to the supermarket, you are doing digital signatures right now, so you are already used to it! It looks like our lives will not be altered in any significant ways.
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