Find a better closing experience with digital closings, also known as eClosings. Old Republic Title is at the leading edge to bring you a faster, streamlined closing by executing some or all closing documents in a secure digital environment.
What is eClosing?
By incorporating digital forms, electronic signatures and electronic and remote online notarization*, eClosing is changing the traditional way of closing with all paper documents. Three types of eClosings currently exist to accommodate the needs of all parties: Hybrid Closing, Electronic Closing and Remote Online Closing.
*Due to state laws or regulations or both, electronic notarization and/or remote online notarization is not available in every state. Please contact your local Old Republic Title representative for more information.
Types of Notarizations
The American Land Title Association recently released new and revised terms and information for all forms of notarization currently in use.
Traditional Wet Ink Notarization (TWIN)
Signatories in a TWIN (also known as a traditional notarization) appear in person before a notary to wet ink sign paper documents. The notary verifies their identity on the spot, and applies their signature and seal on paper.
In Person Electronic Notarization (IPEN)
Signatories in an IPEN (also known as eNotarization) appear in person before an eNotary to eSign digital documents. The notary verifies their identity on the spot, and their electronic seal and signature is digitally placed on the document.
Remote Online Notarization (RON)
Signatories appear before an eNotary via a two-way, audio-video conference over the internet to eSign digital documents. Identity is verified with photo ID and correctly answering knowledge-based authentication questions. A recording of the transaction is available to permissible parties. eNotes are required.
Paper Remote Online Notarization (PRON)
Signatories appear before an eNotary via a two-way, audio-video conference over the internet to eSign and eNotarize most documents. Identity is verified with a photo ID and correctly answering knowledge-based authentication questions. After the transaction, any documents that need a wet ink signature must also be wet ink notarized before returning to the settlement agent to finalize the closing. A recording of the transaction is available to permissible parties. This process will generate at least one paper document that will be wet ink signed, notarized and returned to the settlement agent. This is typically the promissory note, but multiple documents can be processed this way.
Remote Ink Notarization (RIN)
Signatories appear before a notary by means of two-way, audio-video communication technology, where the notary observes the wet ink signing of the documents. Once completed, the original documents are returned to the notary via overnight delivery for certification and execution by the notary and affixation of the official stamp or seal.
Remote Online Notarization Map
Remote Online Notarization is the next step in enhancing the eClosing experience. RON offers all the benefits of an eClosing experience, with the added convenience for signer(s) to complete the real estate closing from a different physical location than the eNotary, using online audio-video technology to complete the signing process. Some states have already passed legislation to allow RON, and many more currently have legislation pending. Check below to see if RON is available in your state.
Temporary Forms of Notarization Due to COVID-19
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some states have implemented emergency orders, legislation or other rules temporarily permitting alternative forms of notarization. Not available in all areas, please check with your Old Republic Title representative to determine which forms of notarization are currently permitted in your state, and carefully review the Executive Orders, regulations and laws that govern the real estate signing alternatives presently available in your region.
Benefits of eClosing
- Allows you to close from anywhere**
- Faster document delivery
- Offers shorter signing appointments
- Altered digital documents are easily identified
- Streamlines the closing process
- Lowers risk of missing signatures or documents
- Creates a convenient way to sign documents
- Helps businesses “go green” by eliminating paper use and storage
- Reduces error from omitted or illegible Notary seals
**When using remote online notarization where permitted by state law.
Resources for your Business
Pavaso+ is Old Republic Title's premier electronic closing partner. As one of the most utilized and deployed electronic closing platforms in the industry, Pavaso empowers lenders, title agents and real estate attorneys to deliver fully digital, hybrid and RON* electronic closings through one secure collaborative platform that streamlines the entire closing process.
Pavaso's platform connects all permissible parties to exchange information, communicate and collaborate in real-time and gives home buyers and sellers electronic access to the closing documents prior to signing, so they can review the documents at a time convenient for them.
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+Pavaso is an affiliate of Old Republic Title.