What is Remote Ink Notarization (RIN)?
Remote Ink Notarization (RIN) is a notarial process that combines traditional ink-based notarization with remote online technology. In a remote ink notarization, the notary and the signer are not physically present in the same location, but the document is signed using traditional pen and paper.
Here’s how it typically works:
- Initiation of the Process:
- The person who needs a document notarized (the signer) contacts a notary public who is authorized to perform remote ink notarizations.
- Identity Verification:
- The notary uses remote online technology to verify the identity of the signer. This often involves a multi-step authentication process similar to remote online notarization (RON).
- Live Video Interaction:
- The notary and signer engage in a live video conference, allowing the notary to witness the signing of the document.
- Traditional Ink Signature:
- Unlike fully electronic notarizations, where signatures are done digitally, in remote ink notarization, the signer physically signs the document using traditional pen and paper.
- Return of the Document:
- The signed document is then sent back to the notary, either physically or electronically, for notarization.
- Notarial Act:
- The notary performs the notarial act, affixing their traditional inked notary seal and signature to the document.
Remote ink notarization is seen as a hybrid solution that combines the familiarity of traditional notarization with the convenience of remote online technology. It provides an option for signers who may prefer or be required to use a physical signature on their documents. The process aims to maintain the security and integrity of notarial acts while allowing for remote execution. It’s important to note that the availability and legality of remote ink notarization may vary depending on jurisdictional regulations.