Last updated November 16, 2023

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Online Notary in New York

Online Notary, also known as remote online notarization (RON), is a virtual service that allows you to notarize your legal documents in New York and anywhere else in the United States. 

Notarizing your documents adds validity to your legal documents. LawDepot’s Online Notary service is convenient, secure, and affordable. Simply use your web device’s camera and microphone to connect with a notary public.

Online notarization is also known as:

  • Digital notarization
  • Virtual notarization

Yes, using an Online Notary to notarize documents in New York is legal since NY Executive Law Section 135-C came into effect in February 2023. 

Additionally, the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution allows notarization obtained in one state to be equally valid in another state. This means that New Yorkers can receive valid notarizations from notaries out-of-state.

What are New York's online notarization laws?

Like several states, New York’s electronic notaries can conduct many of the same services as in-person notaries. 

However, there are some specific online notarization regulations that notaries have to follow:

  1. Although the principal signer can be located anywhere in the world, the notary public must be physically located in the State of New York
  2. If the principal is outside the United States at the time of signing, the notary must verbally confirm that the document is related to a U.S. legal matter, involves a property located in the United States, or involves a transaction substantially connected with the United States.  
  3. The notary public must identify the document signer. This can be done through personal knowledge or through the use of an acceptable form of identity verification, proofing, or credential analysis
  4. The following additional statement must be added to the jurat: “This electronic notarial act involved a remote online appearance involving the use of communication technology.”
  5. The remote notarization must be recorded by the notary. This recording is required to be kept by the notary public for ten years.

What documents can be notarized online in New York?

New Yorkers can notarize several documents using our Online Notary service, including: 

What documents cannot be notarized online in New York?

Much like in-person notaries, remote notaries in New York cannot issue certified copies of vital records, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, or death certificates. Regulations also prohibit notaries from notarizing any documents related to transactions where the notary is a party or has significant financial interest

Additionally, the following documents cannot be notarized online using LawDepot’s Online Notary: 

How much does online notarization cost in New York?

LawDepot’s Online Notary service is $25 for the first seal and $10 for any additional seals. This fee includes an acknowledgement or a jurat.

  • An acknowledgement is when the parties state their willingness to sign the document.
  • A jurat is when the parties swear or affirm the truthfulness of the document’s content.

In New York, remote online notary services can cost a maximum of $25 per electronic notarial act.

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