Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen major shifts in every industry including the notary industry. The major change we have all seen is the drastic switch to electronic notarizations. Prior to COVID-19, there was only about 5-8 states that were allowing for notaries to complete E-Notarizations. Now the majority of the United States allows their notaries to not only work as E-Notaries but to also complete RON aka Remote Online Notarizations which is huge for independent notary businesses/individual notaries.
Also, be mindful of these surges of E-Notary requests to be aware and vigilant of scammers who are looking to take advantage of a newly emerging industry that still lacks the security systems in place to protect not only the notary but individuals in our communities.
Be sure to only notarize documents on approved E-Notary platforms and only after verifying valid identification over a video session that is recorded for security purposes.
In 2021, notaries stand to make a drastic increase in income but they also need to increase their degree of care when notarizing documents for individuals and businesses.