On October 29, 2020, online notarization became permanently legal in the state of Pennsylvania. Before the passage of HB2370 by the state legislature, online notarization had been temporarily approved under executive order to provide options for individuals needing notarizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety, convenience, and flexibility of online notarizations provide opportunities for those looking to become a notary or for notaries looking to expand their practice.
Before becoming an online notary in Pennsylvania, you must first complete the training and application process for becoming a traditional notary public. If you are an English-speaking adult resident of Pennsylvania without a serious criminal record (and don’t serve in the United States Congress or Pennsylvania General Assembly), you are likely eligible to become a notary.
There are numerous specific eligibility requirements that you should carefully review before investing in education or examination to become a notary. Once you’ve determined your eligibility, there are a few steps that you need to take to become a notary in Pennsylvania:
There’s good news about becoming an online notary in Pennsylvania. Once you complete the process to become a notary public, it’s easy to apply to become a PA eNotary. There isn’t any additional education or testing to become an eNotary in Pennsylvania. Before applying, though, you must make sure you have access to the appropriate technology.
The primary tech requirements for completing an online notarization are discussed in our article Preparing for Your Online Notarizations. As the eNotary, you will need a reliable internet connection and a webcam with audiovisual technology.
If you have the appropriate technology in your home or business (whichever address you have registered on your notary public application), you can complete the application to become an eNotary. According to the PA State Department website, your eNotary application’s approval usually only takes a few days.
Following your PA eNotary application’s approval, you have to select at least one state-approved electronic notarization solution provider. The electronic notarization solution provider will confirm that the state-approved your application, then confirm with the state once you have been brought onboard to the electronic notarization solution provider. Then you can begin practicing as an online notary.
The answer to this question is simple, we are. LiveNotary is one of the approved electronic notarization solution providers for the state of Pennsylvania. To be approved by Pennsylvania, an electronic notarization solution provider must have the following capabilities:
Other elements not required by PA law that electronic notarizations solution providers may include are:
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced major challenges for traditional, in-person notarizations. If you are a notary who has noticed a decrease in the demand for your services, becoming an online notary may allow individuals to seek notarizations in a more safe, convenient context.
An online notary also has access to a significantly increased pool of clients. While all states require a notary practice in the state where they are commissioned, few states have requirements that those notaries only provide notarizations for residents of their own states. This means that you, as a Pennsylvania notary, can provide notarization services for clients from other states. This can be especially valuable if your employment has been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing you to supplement your income with online notarizations.
So if you are a notary looking to expand your reach, or are considering becoming a notary for the first time, think about how you can incorporate online notarization into your practice. LiveNotary provides the services and support to safely, conveniently, and confidently start and grow your notarization practice.