Are you a current or aspiring notary public in Florida 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 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 Traditional Florida Notary
Becoming a notary public in Florida requires several steps:
- Meet the eligibility requirements. You must be 18 years or older, be a legal resident, and not be convicted of a felony (see the Florida Notary Service website for details). You must also be able to understand, read, and write English.
- Read Chapter 117 of the Florida statutes.
- Take a three-hour training course (like the Notary Education Program).
- Obtain a four-year $7,500 surety bond.
- Complete an application provided by your bond agency.
- Pay a $39 filing fee as you submit your application and bond.
- Purchase your notary seal.
- If your application is approved, you’ll receive your commission certificate.
How to Become a Remote Notary in Florida
Once you’ve become a notary public, you can apply to become an online notary! Here are the steps.
1. Complete a RON education course.
These two-hour courses can cost around $20-$170. You must pass the exam and receive a certificate of completion.
2. Increase your bond amount to $25,000.
ZipBonds offers this bond for $100.
3. Purchase a $25,000 errors and omissions insurance policy.
This insurance policy covers errors or omissions claims made against you during your commission.
4. Select a RON technology provider.
Make sure they’re state-approved. Notary Hub is an excellent option. We cover everything you need to know about this platform in our previous article: “Become an Online Notary with Notary Hub.” ZipBonds is a trusted agent partner of Notary Hub, and we invite you to join the program using our discount of 20% off your subscription.
5. Submit a Florida Department of State registration form.
You must pay a $10 fee to register.
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 Online Notary in Florida
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.