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New and aptly-named Notarize app does exactly what you’d expect


The legal system hasn’t really kept pace with the development of technology in recent years, and one example of that is the inconvenience of notarizing documents. At best it’s a hassle, and no one gets excited at having to wait for a signature to be witnessed or a statement certified. But now one more contemporary inconvenience has been “appified,” as there’s a new service named Notarize in the Google Play Store that does pretty much what you’d expect, given the name. 

The app claims to offer 24/7 notary services, with average wait times of less than one minute, so it’s still a manual operation at some level, but it should be more convenient than having to look up a local notary or make your way down to a UPS store. It’s also $25 a pop, which might be more expensive than your local services (many banks offer free or inexpensive notarization services for their customers). Still, if you’re in a pinch and you don’t want to wait, the whole process can now be done from your phone.

Notary also doesn’t notarize all documents, there’s a list of exceptions including marriages, wills/trusts, vehicle title transfers, I-9 forms, and “Documents for use in Iowa.” If it makes any difference, all notarization in the app takes place in Virginia over a video call.

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Android co-founder Rich Miner even gave the app a positive review, though we haven’t had a chance to test it ourselves just yet, as we don’t need anything notarized. But, it sounds simple enough. If you’re interested in giving it a try (and you’re willing to pay $25 for each notarization), you can check it out at Google Play via the widget below or over at APK Mirror.