Can I sign a notarial act remotely?

As a result of the pandemic physical distancing rules, it has been possible to sign notarial acts remotely using the technology-based notarial act since April 1, 2020.

The Chambre des notaires, in collaboration with partners and the government, has developed a solution allowing notaries to execute notarial acts remotely through technological means, available since April 1, 2020.

Steps to signing a notarial act remotely

  1. Notaries can receive clients remotely by videoconference. Your notary will take precautionary measures to ensure that the location and tools used are secure.
  2. At least two pieces of photo ID are required. The notary may also ask the client for a third piece of ID and request a copy of the pieces of ID sent through a secure channel.
  3. Customers will be able to read the act, either through technological means or other secure channels.
  4. The notary ensures that the parties have fully understood the terms of the contract.
  5. The act will be signed remotely using secure software.

The technology-based notarial act will be retained and safeguarded by your notary, who will provide you with a certified true copy of the document.

Your notary can explain the steps to follow, the equipment required and the costs of the procedure. Should you require further information, here is the procedure in greater detail.

What you need to proceed

  • A computer, a tablet or a smartphone that has a camera Headphones or a headset with a microphone to maintain confidentiality
  • A personal email address and a good quality internet connection
  • The recommended videoconferencing mobile app: Microsoft Teams, free version

What is the value of this document?

Notarial acts are authentic; in other words, the veracity of their content, date and signature stands in court with no need for further authentication.

The Notaries Act always requires a handwritten signature on a paper document in the physical presence of a notary, unless an approved regulation has established a different procedure. These formalities are essential for an authentic act.

The digital copy that will be retained by the notary and your certified true copy will also be as authentic as the traditional paper act.

Is this solution secure?

The reinforced security standards will allow notaries to abide by their legal, regulatory and professional conduct obligations.

For more information, see the guidelines: Standards for remote receipt of a notarial deed in minute on a technological medium.

Prepare yourself before the videoconference with your notary! Write down your questions and identify your legal needs.

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