Online notarization in Maryland: Get your document notarized today

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Is Online Notarization Legal in Maryland?

Yes. Remote Online Notarization (RON) services are legal in Maryland for notaries that are commissioned to practice online notarization.

Remote Online Notarization In Maryland was signed into law with Senate Bill 678, permanently taking effect in October, 2020. Remote online notaries in Maryland must hold a current traditional notary commission and contract with a RON technology provider.  

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Approved RON vendors in Maryland

The following is a list of RON Vendors whose technology is authorized for use during remote notarial acts in the State of Maryland:

PandaDoc Notary
Cyberize It, LLC
Digital Delivery, Inc.
E-Notary Seal, LLC
E Closing Connection, LLC
eNotaryLog, LLC
Epic River Healthcare, Inc.
KYS-Tech, Inc.
Nexsys Technologies LLC
Notarize Inc.
OnlineNotary Inc.
Pro Notary, LLC
Qualia Labs, Inc.
Simplifile, LC
Simply Sign LLC
Stavvy, Inc.


How does Remote Online Notarization work in Maryland?

Online Notarization in Maryland must meet certain requirements to be considered valid.

What types of notarizations are permitted online in Maryland?

In Maryland, remote notaries are authorized to perform the following types of notarial acts:

  • Taking acknowledgments: An official acknowledgment from a signer to a notary that a document has been willingly signed. 
  • Noting a protest of a negotiable instrument: A notary officially notes that a bill or note related to the transaction has been dishonored and that the terms are being protested. 
  • Witnessing signatures: A notary appears to verify the identity of a document signer and witness the signing.
  • Taking verification on an oath or affirmation: A notary witnesses an oath or affirmation that the contents of the document being signed are true.
  • Certifying a copy of a record: A notary certifies that a copy of a document is true and accurate.
  • Administering an oath or affirmation: A solemn promise of truthfulness by a signer or witness.

What do I need to notarize a document online in Maryland?

To receive Online Notarization in Maryland, there are a series of steps you will have to follow to ensure the notarization is valid. You should first contact your county recorder to confirm that they accept electronically signed and notarized documents. 

Using an online notary is quicker and cheaper than using traditional notary services. It also provides a greater level of security against fraud protection. Let’s take a look at the process in more detail in order to better understand these benefits.

Requirements for when appearing before an online notary in Maryland

Online notarization makes it easier than ever to appear before a notary. Rather than having to schedule a place and time to meet with a traditional or mobile notary service in advance, the notary and signers can all be in different locations. 

While an online notary in Maryland is required to perform their duties within the state boundaries, the signers can appear for the notarization from anywhere in the world. By allowing signers and notaries to appear via video conference for a notarization, RON makes appearing faster, safer, and easier than traditional in-person notarization. 

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If you are looking for a Maryland online notary service, PandaDoc Notary can support you with a fast, secure, and 100% state-compliant solution for Remote Online Notarization that won’t break your bank.


If I notarize a document online in Maryland, will it be recognized by other states?

Yes. Online notarial acts performed in Maryland will generally be recognized by other states, including ones that have not yet adopted RON law. While the specifics may vary depending on the other state’s requirements, established precedents have set forth that notarial acts carried out within compliance with the applicable state RON law can be recognized as valid across state lines

Do the signers have to be physically located in Maryland to receive services from a Maryland Remote Online Notarization provider?

The signers of the document do not need to be physically located within the boundaries of the state of Maryland at the time of notarization. To provide Remote Online Notarization in Maryland, however, the notary must be physically located within the state boundaries.

What does Maryland allow its commissioned notaries?

Maryland allows its commissioned notaries to perform electronic notarizations only. With PandaDoc Notary platform, notaries will be enabled to electronically notarize a document or a set of documents without the use of paper or a rubber stamp.

Electronic Journals

PandaDoc Notary also provides a full very secure electronic journal that allows the notary to collect the same information as they would in a paper based journal that is accessible by the notary at any time

What about identity verification?

The platform is also equipped with an Identity Verification or Knowledge Based Authentication (KBA) process that allows participants to enter information about themselves, and then they are presented with a set of questions that only they should be able to answer.

What about credential analysis?

PandaDoc Notary also has a proprietary ID credential analysis system allowing for participants to upload images of their ID’s for analysis.

What about web cam recording?

The state of Maryland also requires that the notarial act be recorded, and that the recording must be kept for a minimum of five years in a secure vault. PandaDoc Notary takes care of the recording where it is safely kept with the e-journal.

Have Your Own Notaries? No Problem

If your organization has its own notaries, then PandaDoc Notary is the perfect fit for you. Our platform will enable your notaries to perform electronic notarizations for clients.


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