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Re: I Thought You Were Against RON
Posted by  BrendaTx of TX on 1/13/22 7:21am Msg #637661
Good luck to California notaries on the outcome, whatever it is

I just skimmed thru the bill. I don't want that much legislated into Texas law.

Doesn't this make California online notaries dependent on a platform? If so won't that reduce the number of notaries able to work independently? My concern is that these restrictions while they sound protective also sound expensive.

The more work I do in this arena and the more platforms I test, the more I realize that "platforms" are just bundled services. One day all of these bundled services may be affordable to a notary working alone.

You need a place to sign your name and a way to make a stamp and you're going to see a lot of new platforms doing that through the white-labeling of AdobeSign which you could conceivably do yourself.

You need a way to see the person over audio video conferencing technology. Pick one. Microsoft teams, Zoom, WebEx open source software is currently the most popular for incorporation into what we call platforms.

Both of those are easy to come up with for an affordable price.

And then you've got to have a service that provides KBA questions and credential analysis. Now that's where the expense is and why single notaries are using the bundled services of platforms. But here's the thing, last year at this time, a provider of these types of services would not even talk to an online notary about licensing their services. There's at least one platform that offers this to notaries at a reasonable price already. We will see more.

So it looks to me like California notaries are going to be at the mercy of platforms that will be under a lot of strict rules that will cost money to implement. Now, I could be wrong but restrictions come with costs.

If a notary can't figure out what he or she needs to be using, a platforms are great way to go. But I don't want to be tied to them because in the future I see that it will be possible for notaries to purchase their own services.

I use the SIGNiX platform. But I don't want anybody saying I've got to use a technology company that's going to bundle my services and mark them up.

So I would fight this in Texas. Making platforms a requirement is sort of like legislating that every notary assignment has to be provided to the notary by a signing service ( No offense to signing services at all, just an example.) Now the signing service will have to charge more just to be able to afford the required hoop-jumping. And notaries can't get the assignment directly from the source.

So now there must be a have a middleman with a lot of responsibility and a burden of having to meet all these expectations and putting notaries into the position of having to pay for those expectations.

Trying to make platforms responsible is a great idea. But is it logical? Now you've got this party, a provider of bundled services stuck in your laws.

And aside from going on YouTube and clubhouse and telling everybody how you can get rich being online notary, another avenue for income is white-labeling platforms or selling them as an affiliate and pretending you've built your own. And some entrepreneurs are dabbling in the platform business by going offshore to hire engineers.

Like I said, I use SIGNiX for my independent online notary work. I do not store my videos on its assets. I am responsible for my own videos and their redundant storage. SIGNiX does maintain a written journal of my notarial acts. It will store my videos if I want it to , but I don't. Some platforms charge handsomely for storing those videos.

I pay a little more to my platform than other platforms available , but they assets that are located in the USA. At least today they are. And they are approved by a dozen underwriters.

Speaking of that, this grandma's got an appointment to conduct online. COVID is alive and well in Texas, and I'm staying busy helping sick folks close cash buyer and seller sides of transactions.

Good luck and welcome to the fray. Earlier this week I signed up a Florida buyer. I also met with a couple living in CA buying in Texas.

I'm sure this is full of errors since I am using my phone to type it in. Have a great day everyone.

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Messages in this Thread
 Reminder! Hearing Tomorrow - CA Remote Online Notary Act - Matt Miller on 1/12/22 10:21am
 I Thought You Were Against RON - PegiT_MN on 1/12/22 10:30am
 Re: I Thought You Were Against RON - Matt Miller on 1/12/22 10:50am
 CA seems to be doing it right. Don't think other states did. - Lee/AR on 1/12/22 11:34am
 Re: Thanks Lee for your clear perspective and support! n/m - Matt Miller on 1/12/22 12:08pm
 Very well said! It's not the same RON bill! n/m -  JanetK_CA on 1/12/22 1:58pm
 Agree with Janet and Lee! n/m - ananotary on 1/12/22 2:35pm
 Thank You For The Information - PegiT_MN on 1/12/22 12:20pm
 Re: You're welcome! Thanks for your support! n/m - Matt Miller on 1/12/22 12:25pm
 Re: I Thought You Were Against RON -  BrendaTx on 1/13/22 7:21am
 PS If you are wondering about costs of platforms... -  BrendaTx on 1/13/22 7:26am
 Thanks Brenda! Finally, -  Yoli/CA on 1/13/22 12:43pm
 Re: And IMO, Brenda is the only one who knows what she’s - Carolyn Bodley on 1/13/22 2:41pm
 Thanks Brenda for 'the things we don't know' - Lee/AR on 1/13/22 11:01am
 Re: Bren, your experience and knowledge speaks volumes - Carolyn Bodley on 1/13/22 11:13am
 Re: I Thought You Were Against RON - VT_Syrup on 1/13/22 1:13pm
 Re: I Thought You Were Against RON -  BrendaTx on 1/13/22 2:23pm
 Re: I Thought You Were Against RON -  BrendaTx on 1/13/22 3:27pm
 Sounds like time-consuming process - Lee/AR on 1/13/22 4:25pm
 Re: Sounds like time-consuming process - VT_Syrup on 1/13/22 5:07pm
 Thank you, Brenda! Valuable feedback... -  JanetK_CA on 1/13/22 3:30pm
 Re: Thank you, Brenda! Valuable feedback... - NVLSlady/VA on 1/14/22 1:27pm
 Quit advertising your agenda - Luckydog on 1/12/22 10:40am
 Re: Quit advertising your agenda - Matt Miller on 1/12/22 10:51am
 Re: Quit advertising your agenda - Luckydog on 1/12/22 11:22am
 Re: Quit advertising your agenda - Matt Miller on 1/12/22 12:06pm
 ENIUGH!! Both of you - Linda_H/FL on 1/12/22 11:13am get the point n/m - Linda_H/FL on 1/12/22 11:13am
 Amen! -  Cheryl Elliott on 1/12/22 12:00pm
 Who Are You Talking About? - PegiT_MN on 1/12/22 12:23pm
 Re: Amen! - Luckydog on 1/12/22 12:53pm
 Re: Shame on you Reneee - Matt Miller on 1/12/22 12:58pm
 Re: Amen! -  JanetK_CA on 1/12/22 2:18pm
 Re: Amen! - ananotary on 1/12/22 5:25pm
 Thanks Matt! n/m - CH2inCA on 1/12/22 11:56am
 Re: Thanks Matt! -  Cheryl Elliott on 1/12/22 12:03pm
 Re: Thank you Cheryl! n/m - Matt Miller on 1/12/22 12:07pm
 Re: Thanks Matt! - Luckydog on 1/12/22 12:42pm
 Re: You're right Renee - Matt Miller on 1/12/22 12:52pm
 Help Us Out Here Matt! - PegiT_MN on 1/12/22 12:51pm
 Re: Help In on the Way! - Matt Miller on 1/12/22 12:54pm
 One question - Luckydog on 1/12/22 1:18pm
 Re: One question - Matt Miller on 1/12/22 1:25pm
 Thank You Matt! You Explained It So Well! - PegiT_MN on 1/12/22 1:25pm
 Re: Help Us Out Here Matt! - VT_Syrup on 1/12/22 1:29pm
 You Are Absolutely Correct VT-Syrup - PegiT_MN on 1/12/22 1:39pm
 Re: Thanks Matt! -  Cheryl Elliott on 1/12/22 2:50pm

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