Can documents be Notarised in the UK via Docusign?

London Notary Public, Notary News

No, as of the date of this article in 2023, Docusign is not currently an approved method for notarising documents in the UK.

The UK government has established strict guidelines for electronic identification and trust services, which regulate how electronic signatures can be used in legal transactions. E-signatures are generally accepted as valid and legally binding in the UK, but not for all types of documents.

In the UK, notarisation is a process that involves the physical presence of the signatory before a notary public. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, temporary measures have been put in place to allow remote online notarisation (RON) for certain types of documents.

Remote online notarisation involves the use of a video conferencing platform to allow the signatory to communicate with the notary public remotely. The notary will confirm the identity of the signatory, witness the signing of the document, and affix their digital seal and signature to the document to complete the notarisation process.

It is important to note that not all types of documents can be notarised remotely, and the rules and regulations regarding remote online notarisation may vary depending on the jurisdiction and the type of document being notarised. It is always best to consult with a qualified notary public to determine the appropriate notarisation method for your specific needs.