Last chance to stop NATIONAL Remote Online Notarization

Covid 19 has given this concept a HUGE PUSH. A Senate Bill is currently in the Judiciary Committee for review. This is the easiest place to LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. I have already written to every member of this committee opposing RON, but it takes a village! Below are links to the Bill text–the Sponsors and, most important, the Judiciary Committee (who have the ability to kill it now–or not,) I strongly urge you to spend some time actually letting THE POWERS know what you think. I’ve done what I can–now it’s up to you.

RE: U. S. Senate Bill 3533 (Remote Online Notarization)
Link to Senate Bill 3533-Bill Text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3533/text
Link to Sponsors (2D&2R) https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3533/all-info#committees-content
Now in Judiciary Committee for Review/Link to Committee Members: https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/ (Note that the list of Members is at the BOTTOM of this page and you can access every member’s website by Clicking on their name.
Somewhere on each website is CONTACT and this brings up a form where you can (copy/paste) YOUR own words opposing this law. It is time-consuming, but worth it to protect the integrity of notarizations AND YOUR JOB.)

Also, reality is they are not going to read your letter, it will be read by staff and summarized into For or Against and what will ultimately weigh heavily is the quantity of unique opposition—so, even if you only pick one part of the Bill and expound on why you oppose that, it will be given more ‘weight’ because you took the time to put it in your words!
Just be sure to put “I oppose U.S. Senate Bill 3533 for the following reasons:” right at the beginning. In the contact form, most require a subject and there is a varying drop down list. I’d suggest Judiciary.

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I sent a message of opposition to Patrick Leahy, who is on the committee and from my state.

Way to go, Ashton-- but don’t stop with just your Senator (tho’ your Senator will pay more attention as you* vote*) HIT 'EM ALL! Much easier to kill it ‘in Committee’ than when it’s ‘approved and sent back to the Senate to be voted on’.

Only 1 person does something about opposing RON? C’mon people, how do you expect to earn money given these costs?

This is one platform’s cost, I suppose others are similar:
*Annual Fee- $250; $10-1st notarization + $5 each additional, which includes 90 days cloud storage (note that the law requires much longer, so who do you suppose pays for this?); notary’s digital signature-10 free/mo., $5@ thereafter–*honestly, I don’t even know what this means–particularly with a loan pkg.–do you?

I also assume that hiring parties will want to pay less for RON because, well, you’re not traveling or printing–so the fees paid for that can be eliminated, right?

Actually the companies I work with pay more, way more because there is no middleman, you are dealing directly with the title companies. Some pay the same, but my overhead has gone way down and I can do more closings in a day because no more driving. No more printing, No more shipping. Plus it’s impossible for there to be any errors. The program doesn’t allow for errors to be submitted. You are being paid for doing notarizations only, not the entire package in most cases. As the for the fees you are quoting, I recognize the company you are referring to but there is no charge for a digital signature or a digital certificate depending on the state you are in. Some companies, if they really want you pay all those charges themselves and only require you to pay for the digital certificate. Small price to pay to do 10 closings a day everyday and never leave home. I embrace technology. There is no avoiding it, especially nice. I make a tidy living doing remote e-notarizations sine Covid-19. I have been certified with Pavaso since 2017 and never made a red cent. Not anymore.

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Very interesting and informative. Thank you for your input. You’ve answered some of the concerns but, in my mind, anyway, have brought up new ones. ‘certified since 2017…never made a cent. Not anymore’… Impressive numbers!
Wonder how long this will be true and how long before Big Tech pushes you out because they can do it cheaper due to economy of scale. And, does FL law say ‘only FL notaries can do FL RON signings’…precluding the use of, say…a VA notary–or are you currently able to do a RON from a signer anywhere?

You are missing the point. My ordinary training was paid for by a company. When it needed to be renewed it was once again paid for by a company. I have been out of pocket not a dime. They thought the industry was going to go online and it didn’t. Well, things have changed. Technology has advanced and people want the convenience and now the safety of online closings. No Florida is open to all notaries as are some other states. I am not afraid of competition. I work for title companies all over the country anyway. Nothing stays the same. If Big Tech pushes me out, I’ll figure out another way to make money. I always have. I don’t let grass grow under my feet. I’m not fearful of the future. I embrace change and keep it stepping!

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Can anyone explain what RON platform you should sign up with in Texas? First of all I signed up with Pavaso and then I talk to a one of my Title company’s I work with regularly and receive a lot of business from and he told me I would not get any more of there business if I am signed up with Pavaso that his Lenders do not use them. So how do you know what Platform to sign up with? And do you loose all of your contact relationships You have built up for years? I understand you can only be on one platform but why does that exclude you from receiving closing assignments from your existing title company(ies)? What about all the business we have been receiving from SnapDocs, Notary Cafe, Xoom and other places we might be listed on receiving business from? Please help. This new process is hard to understand.

I would think the fees should be higher with RON. Much riskier since credential identification is much more difficult. I’ve definitely been able to spot fake IDs, just by the way they feel and ability to notice lack of a hologram. Don’t know that I would be able to see this over teleconference.

They DO command a higher fee - here in FL conventional notarizations are $10/notarization; RON is $25/notarization; HOWEVER from what I’m reading, the platform not only charges for the initial setup but charges a per notarization/certificate fee - so the notary really doesn’t get the $25 per - they get less.

I wish luck to anyone stepping ahead to do this - technology has passed me by and I have no intention of doing remotes. I’ll finish out my conventional commission and call it a day - of course, I’m keeping in mind that in 14 years as a notary in Florida I have had just ONE request for an e-signing, … so I don’t see anyone requesting a remote signing/notarization from me, especially since, with RON, notaries can cross state lines. (think about that).

Hello Arichter,
As usual, you are right on… The problems with Ron are being swept under the table. There are large corporate interested who want this passed. Why? The money!!! Once the need for a mobile notary is eliminated then its just a skip and a hop to the next level, of large corporate takeover of our industry. Boiler rooms of brand new notarys will be working the desk (at $10 per hour) and the independants will be out on the streets.

Protect our industry, write your representatives and tell them NO to RON…

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As stated earlier, SB 3533 for a Nat’l RON law is still in the Judiciary Committee for evaluation prior to going before the U.S. Senate for vote. With the covid 19 hysteria & all the idiotic temporary fixes being accepted, it might just pass. Best place to stop it is while it’s in Committee.

You have companies (such as Pavaso) where you would have to complete RON signings using their platform.

You then have providers who offer to provide and host RON notaries/signings you perform individually (such as DocVerify) and can use on your own. I use DocVerify but there are a few more out there. You have to pay a setup fee, a monthly fee, and depending on your state, a digital certificate fee and the fee to become an online notary. With DocVerify, you have to use their Enterprise edition if you want to do RON signings (currently $50 per month). This gives you so many credits to conduct both RON signings and electronic signings.

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What company are you with?

Pavaso, Signix, and Notarize.

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I am a remote notary in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Electronic signings have been taking place here since 2009. I was leery of RON as I studied up on it over a 4 year time period. However, once I understood the security levels and how iD verification takes place, I became the more favorable to the point of getting my remote commission last fall. I see the direction the industry is going and after experiencing both Notarize and DocVerify, I am definitely onboard with RON and plan to eventually shift my business to completely eliminating the paper trail. I have since gotten myself certified on four platforms so I am able to be as available as possible to my clients. Thankfully, Virginia has given me options to help people whatever their notary needs are.

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Did you have to get different certificates for each platform? If I only work with a signing company, would I still have to have an account with each platform?

I embrace technology also, but I am not paying some 3rd party business to use their platform for my signings. I have enough work doing wet ink signings and plan on keeping it that way. I like meeting the people and feel there will always be a niche for me.

Who are you signed up with?