In response to COVID-19, several states have suspended court functions. Yet, many people still need notaries to verify documents and sign affidavits for legal cases. Unfortunately, the California state law does not permit notaries to perform remote notarizations. This presents a challenge for notaries during these difficult times.
Notary laws require public notaries to witness the signing of documents and verify the identity of the principal signer. For this purpose, notaries usually need to be physically present to perform notarization. Being in close proximity to the person signing the document may expose them to infection-causing pathogens.
However, with some planning and communication, notaries can reduce the risk of exposure in such close physical settings. Let’s look at how public notaries can perform notarizations in the times of the Corona Virus.
While California state laws do not allow for remote online notarizations, they do provide for mobile notaries. This allows individual notaries to travel to a client’s place for notarization. Think of it as making a house-call. So if a California citizen wishes to have their documents notarized, you can direct them to a mobile California notary public.
The mobile notary can communicate beforehand to reduce the amount of time spent at the agreed location. They can discuss who will be present and ensure no one has any symptoms of Corona.
Notaries should take extra precautions while performing their duties. Failure to do so could be harmful to the safety and health of both the signers and the notaries during COVID-19. Below are some of the precautions that notaries can take:
We understand notarization presents several challenges for notaries during COVID-19. But always remember to follow proper protocols when performing notarizations. Identify the signers and verify the signatures. For more information, contact the Notary Council.
Advice for Notaries During COVID-19 | Notary Council – Bakersfield, CA