Hawaii has opened its first notary and has become the first state to offer its residents access to notaries via a mobile app.
The Hawaii Department of Commerce, Business & Industry, the Hawaii Department for Business, Technology and Economic Development and the Hawaii State Board of Notaries launched the app on Monday, bringing notary services to more than 30,000 residents in Hawaii.
The Hawaii Department has over 1,000 registered notary-signers in the state.
The app, which will launch in the next few weeks, will let residents view notaries and sign documents.
Notaries can also call a notary to verify their signature and sign a contract, according to the Hawaii Business Journal.
According to the Hawaiian Business Journal, Hawaii is the first US state to allow notaries to receive payment through an app.
Hawaii became the first to offer this service in December, 2017, when it became the fourth state to open its first mobile notary station.
Notary services are often required in some of the world’s most difficult situations, such as the death of a spouse or a child, a bankruptcy, and bankruptcy proceedings.
In addition, notaries in certain states can serve as legal advisors in civil cases, according the Business Journal report.
“We are very excited to launch this service to help our residents get the services they need to protect their identity and get the help they need when they need it,” said John Pang, Hawaii Department Chair, Business and Industry, in a statement.
The Honolulu-based Hawaii Department in January signed a $2.9 million deal with Aptos, Calif.-based Notary Corp. to allow its residents to get notaries, including notaries at notary stations in the Honolulu, Pearl City, and Kalihi Counties.
Hawaii also will offer notaries for the first time in the future, according Pang.