Acceptability of Online Notary Services for U.S. Passport Application Purposes

Acceptability of Online Notary Services for U.S. Passport Application Purposes

For U.S. passport application purposes, electronic notarization, sometimes referred to as remote or online notarization, is acceptable in lieu of paper notarization, if the document is lawfully notarized under the law of the state or foreign country that commissioned the notary public, and the notarization process fulfills all requirements of the passport form, statement, or affidavit.

If you are located overseas and considering a remote notarial executed by a U.S. notary, you should determine whether this practice is in accordance with the laws and regulations of the U.S. state that commissioned the notary public and the laws of the state or country where the document is notarized. Some foreign states may impose civil and criminal penalties for participation in a remote notarial that is performed without legal authorization in their jurisdiction by a foreign notary public.

There are multiple online notary service providers that are easily identified through an internet search.