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.

They differ from other states. You can read Senate Bill 275, the governor’s fourth and fifth proclamations for details.

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)

Learn more about notary bonds.

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.