What is Remote Notarization?

Some important financial and legal documents require a notary public to confirm the legitimacy of a signature.

This verification process includes witnessing a signature to certify its authenticity when compared to proper identification.

The Illinois Notary Public Act (INPA) was established in 1986 to establish basic rules for proper safe notarization. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new law (SB2664) was signed in 2021 as Public Act 102-160.

The updated legislation revised the INPA to allow for Remote Ink Notarizations (RIN) and Remote Online Notarizations (RON) in real estate transactions.

With remote notarization, a notary public can review documents remotely using audio/video technology (webcam, Skype, Zoom, etc.).

The signer’s identity is confirmed by the notary. Electronic signatures are required for signers. There is also a digital version of the notary public’s seal.

Benefits of Remote Online Notarizations (RON) include:

  • Flexibility – Virtual document notarizations reduce the need for travel, schedule accommodations, office space, etc.
  • Speed and efficiency – Paperless notarizations can provide easy and quicker access to documents and forms.
  • Security and tracking – There is an electronic record and proof of the transaction, signatures, and certifications.

eClosings = Convenience

Our eClosing services are designed for you to sell your home from the comfort of home. Here are 4 benefits:

  • Video Conferencing – At home, traveling, or at work? No problem. Jump on your computer or smart phone and we’ll answer your questions throughout the real estate closing process.
  • E-Signing – Electronic signatures allow for compliance and convenience when completing estate closing documents.
  • Online Notarization – We utilize Remote Online Notarization (RON) to legally verify your identity and digitally notarize closing documents.
  • Remote Closing – No need to travel to a title company or real estate agent’s office. We’ll arrange a virtual closing where all parties can complete the closing.

Are you buying or selling a residential or commercial property? Click here to contact Circle Closings.

Our attorneys can walk you through the real estate closing process, pay attention to the details, and protect your interests during this important transaction.