Are you a current or aspiring notary public in Maryland seeking more flexibility and freedom (or even a boost in income) in your work life? Today, we’re covering how to become a “RON” in your state. 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 Maryland

To be eligible to apply for a notary public commission in Maryland, you must be at least 18 years of age, provide three character references, and (preferably) be a state resident. Here’s how to apply:

  • Take a state-approved education course and pass the exam.
  • Complete an online application and pay a $9 filing fee.
  • The Secretary of State’s office will contact you, requesting you to appear before the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office.
  • Meet with the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office so they can take your oath. 
  • Pay an $11 fee.
  • Once you receive your commission certificate via email, you can purchase your notary seal and journal.

How to Become a Remote Online Notary in Maryland

Once you’ve become a traditional notary public in Maryland, you can apply to become a remote online notary. Follow these steps.

1. Review the Maryland Notary Public Handbook.

It covers what you should know about electronic notarizations, remote notarizations, and more.

2. Complete the online application form.

Use the online system on the Maryland Secretary of State website to submit your form.

3. Choose a state-approved RON platform.

See the state’s List of Authorized RON Vendors

Why Notary Hub?

Notary Hub is a leading RON platform that offers several advantages for online notaries, including:

  • A user-friendly platform that’s easy to use for both notaries and signers
  • A wide range of features, such as real-time document sharing, live video conferencing, and electronic seals
  • A strong focus on security and compliance
  • Competitive pricing

Notary Hub Packages

Notary Hub offers two packages: one for individuals and one for companies. Which one is right for you? Here’s how to decide:

  • Individual (Self) RON Plans: You work independently, purchase your own subscription, and get paid directly by Notary Hub. In short, you call the shots when and where you work. Notary Hub handles security, payment, and storage for you. 
  • Corporate RON Plans: Your company pays for your notary subscription and charges clients directly. You can add as many notaries from your company as you’d like to access the platform.

Both options offer the following features:

  • Securely stored digital signatures and digital notary stamps
  • 24×7 access to the platform
  • Marketing to promote yourself for mobile or RON notarial opportunities
  • Startup costs as low as $120

Become a Remote Notary in Maryland Today

With Notary Hub, you can provide your clients a modern notarization experience, including secure online sessions and digital document storage. Sign up today to get started tomorrow.

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