Please read carefully!
Note: All participants must be vetted in advance before starting any new remote notary transaction.
Each participant must be able to comply with all of the identity proofing and credential analysis standards.
If all of the identity proofing and credential analysis standards mandated by Texas Administrative Code – Rule § 87.70 cannot be met, the remote online notarization cannot be conducted.
- Credential Analysis (ID Capture) – Texas law requires a valid government-issued identification credential, containing the signature and photograph of the bearer. DocVerify only permits a US state-issued driver license or state-issued photo ID card. If you do not have a valid state-issued driver license or photo ID card, you will not be able to get your documents remotely notarized.
- To prepare for the ID capture, take photos in landscape mode of the front and back sides of your driver’s license.
- Then take a photo of your face (selfie).
- Have these photos saved on the device that you will use for the online notarization. (Example: If you take the photos with your smartphone, email the photos to yourself so you can access them from your computer or tablet device.)
- Identity Proofing (ID Verification) – Each participant who is not personally known to the online notary public must submit to a dynamic knowledge-based authentication (KBA) process to verify their identity.
- The principal/credible witness must answer a quiz consisting of a minimum of 5 questions, related to the principal’s personal history or identity.
- All questions must be answered within two minutes.
- At least 80% of the questions must be answered correctly.
- If the principal/credible witness fails the quiz, they may retake the quiz one time within 24 hours. (An additional $25 online notarization fee will apply.)
- If they fail the quiz a second time, they are not permitted to retry with the same online notary public for 24 hours.
- Do I qualify for ID Verification? – Third-party providers that create the identity quiz derive most of their information from credit bureau databases. DocVerify states that if you do not meet the following qualifications, you will not be able to pass the ID verification:
- The participant must be a U.S. Citizen
- The participant must be over 18 years of age?
- The participant must have a valid Social Security Number?
- The participant must have a valid U.S. driver license or State Identification card
- The participant must have at least 5 years of U.S. credit history
- The participant must ensure their Credit Reports are unlocked (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion)
- The participant must have an active U.S. mobile number from a mobile provider (VOIP, Google Voice, Cable-provided lines, etc. are not accepted)
IMPORTANT: It is very important to understand that even if all of the above is true, it still does not absolutely guarantee a signer or participant will pass no matter how many times they try.
If you are uncertain if you meet all of the identity proofing and credential analysis standards listed above, please speak with me before paying and beginning a remote online notarization. If we conclude that a Remote Online Notarization is not your best option, I can still notarize your documents the “traditional” old-fashioned way – with wet ink signatures and a wet ink notary stamp.