Notarization by Remote Means

With many offices closed and notary publics being unavailable, finding a notary public in Georgia these days can be challenging; you may be wondering, in a time where it seems like everything else can, can notary be done online? Yes, it can!

In response to COVID-19, on April 9th, Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order that addresses the issue of locating a notary by allowing remote notarization in order to promote safe practices and social distancing. You can view that document here.

Knowing that, how do you go about remotely notarizing a document?

How Does Remote Notary Work?

According to the order, remote notarization requires “real-time audio-video” technology, which means it can be done over video conference. The notary public must be able to check the signee’s driver’s license and be acting under the supervision of an a attorney. Then, the document must be transmitted back to the notary on the same day that it is signed to be finalized.

Video Conference

Ancillary Legal Corporation is offering notary services via video conference for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. ALC will set up the video conference and will provide the secured meeting information along with the notary acting under attorney supervision. All you or your client needs to do is log in. Using video conference technology, documents can even be notarized digitally in real-time.

The executive order does recommended that wills, trusts, and estates still be notarized in-person once possible, and ALC can provide an in-person notary once Justice Melton’s emergency judicial order has been lifted.

To schedule your remote notary under the supervision of our staff attorney, or to inquire about our remote notarial processes, please contact us online or call us at 404-459-8006 for additional information.