Are you a current or aspiring notary public in Alabama seeking more flexibility and freedom (or even a boost in income) in your work life? Today, we’re covering how to become a remote online notary. We cover the steps required to become certified and how to select a reliable RON platform so you can start working remotely as quickly as possible.
What is an online notary?
An online notary is certified and equipped to notarize documents over a secure online platform rather than conducting in-person meetings with signees. Remote online notarization (RON) uses audiovisual technology, like video calls, to complete the notarization process remotely. Notaries can verify the signee’s identity and witness a document’s signing online.
This modern approach offers convenience and accessibility, especially when in-person meetings are challenging. Remote online notaries provide more flexibility and efficiency in our fast-paced world.
How to Become a Notary in Alabama
- Make sure you’re eligible. You must be at least 18, a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, and a resident of the county you apply in. You must also be able to write and read English and meet the requirements specific to your county.
- Contact your county’s probate judge. They will let you know your specific requirements and how to complete the application.
- You’ll also need to submit a copy of your Alabama Driver’s License and submit a small fee.
- You may need to take a training course and present your completion certificate to the Probate Office.
- Wait to see if your application is approved. You’ll receive an appointment letter if it is.
- Purchase a $50,000 surety bond (which only costs $100), and record it with the Probate Office within 40 days of receiving your letter.
- Receive your commission certificate.
- Get your notary seal.
How to Become an Online Notary in Alabama
Once you’ve become an Alabama notary public, you can apply to become a remote online notary. Here are the steps.
1. Understand Alabama’s remote notary laws.
2. Select a RON technology provider.
Your videoconferencing software provider must meet state requirements.
What is an Alabama notary bond?
A notary bond provides financial protection to the public if a notary fails to perform their duties ethically or accurately. If a notary commits fraud, makes errors or omissions, or violates their state’s notary laws, a claim can be filed against their bond.
A notary bond is a contract between three parties:
- Notary public (principal)
- The financial company that issues the bond (surety)
- State or county (obligee)
Apply for Your Alabama Notary Bond
Purchasing a notary bond is a mandatory step in becoming a notary public in Alabama. At ZipBonds, we make it fast and easy to get bonded. Apply online or call us at 888-435-4191 to work directly with an agent.