1. What is RON?
    Answer: It is an acronym for remote online notarization.  RON is the means used to electronically notarize a document using a third-party (i.e. vendor) software platform which records the visual and audio communications of participants to the signing of a document even when the participants are not physically located in the same place.  The practice was authorized in Florida on Jan. 1, 2020.
  2. How does RON differ from “electronic notarization?”
    Answer: Electronic notarization, first authorized in Florida in 2007, allows for the notarization of electronic documents by a notary public using an electronic signature and applying an electronic seal.  Unlike RON, the principal must be in the same location as the notary public, the computer or other electronic device need not be connected to the internet, and there is no requirement that the notarization procedure be recorded.  Also, unlike RON, the notary need not maintain an activity journal and identity is confirmed by the notary through personal knowledge or presentation of a valid form of identification.  Electronic notarization is governed by Sec. 117.021, F.S.
  3. Can a duly commissioned Florida notary public perform RON?
    Answer: A Florida notary public may not perform a RON prior to registering as an “online notary public” with the Florida Department of State in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 117, F.S. and Rule 1N-7, F.A.C.  Registration includes the payment of an additional fee, certification as to completing a 2-hour instructional course, evidence of additional insurance and bond coverage, and designation of a qualified RON vendor.