Getting notarized in a pandemic

Notarize.com to the rescue!

Need a notary? There’s an app for that!

I needed a document notarized the other day, and the last thing I wanted to do was run out to a store or bank to meet the Notary in person. We are in a pandemic, after all.

Thankfully, there is an app for that.

I remembered this, because I had interviewed the founder of Notarize.com, Pat Kinsel, a few months ago for the Talking Tech podcast. And here was a great opportunity to put it to use.

When I mentioned the service to my mom, and that it cost a flat $25, she said, “Why would you pay when banks would do it for free?”

I can come up with some very good reasons.

Well, yeah, Chase and other banks do offer the service, but only at certain branches, and only at certain times, and besides, the idea is for contactless services as often as possible right now.

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How did my experience with Notarize go?

In a word, fantastic. I downloaded the app, registered, clicked the “Connect to a notary now,” and in a matter of seconds, I had a notary on my iPhone webcam.

He asked some questions, watched the signature on a document, said thanks and then e-mailed the notarized document, all within seconds.

To retrieve it, I had to pay $25, which I happily did. I never had to leave the home and I got this errand done in minutes.

I love my Chase bank, but I was even happier that I could wrap up this entire transaction in under 5 minutes, from my kitchen.

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