Closetrak Title, Pavaso Facilitate Tennessee’s First RON E-closing Under State Law

July 30, 2019

Closetrak Title & Closing partnered with Pavaso to facilitate the first remote online notarization (RON) e-e-closing in Tennessee to be completed by a e-notary in the state, the companies announced in a release.

The transaction follows the July 1 effective date of a state law that permits RON. The Online Notary Public Act made Tennessee the sixth state to permit RON, the notarization of electronic documents from a remote location using online, two-way audio-video technology. RON sessions are recorded, and the identity of all signatories is verified through a photo ID and knowledge-based authentication technology.

Existing Tennessee notaries must apply for and receive approval from the state before performing RON. Before applying, notaries are required to contract with a third-party vendor that will provide the technological support necessary to expand their services online.

Joseph Kirkland, senior underwriting counsel with Closetrak Title & Closing in Memphis and the state’s first commissioned e-notary, had the honor of performing the RON closing.

“My clients are missionaries in Uruguay who were having trouble scheduling a consular officer to notarize documents at the embassy,” Kirland said. “Using this technology saved weeks of waiting. Thanks to the new RON law and Pavaso, I was able to close the transaction and notarize documents at my office here in Memphis, while the sellers participated from their home in Montevideo.”

Sellers Bob and Jennifer Frith were also happy with the experience.

“Due to our present situation of living overseas and selling a property in Tennessee, Pavaso’s eClosing service was a tremendous tool in assisting us in this long-distance transaction,” Bob Frith said. “(Kirkland) guided us through the easy to understand process. We would highly recommend this innovative technology to anyone in need of long-distance notarial services.”

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