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Industry Leaders Announce New Mortgage Signing Standards To Improve Customer Service, Comply With Federal Regulations

Signing Professionals Workgroup Launches Certified Signing Specialist Standards During The 100th Annual MBA Convention

Wash. D.C., October 29, 2013 – A special committee of major lenders and title companies called the Signing Professionals Workgroup (SPW) today announced the creation of best-practice standards for Notaries handling loan signings. The committee will implement the new Certified Signing Specialist Standards over the coming months and anticipates the roll-out will be completed by mid-2014...More

Oppose Senate Bill 391 Now Or Pay $75 More To File Your Notary Bond

We need your help. Tomorrow, the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. to consider SB 391 As part of Senate Bill 391 — the California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013 — Sacramento lawmakers are proposing to charge an additional $75 for recording any document in the offices of county recorder throughout the state...More

Nevada Attorney Masto, NNA Donate Check To UNLV Women's Research Institute

Las Vegas, NV -March 14, 2013 – Today, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and William A. Anderson, Vice President of Best Practices for the National Notary Association (NNA) presented Dr. Joanne Goodwin, Director of Women’s Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a $1,000 check to support civic engagement programming for college students...More

NNA's New Trusted Notary Program Helps Banks Achieve Compliance with Mortgage Settlement Regulations

The National Notary Association (NNA), the leader in best practices, training, and advocacy for the nation’s community of 4.8 million Notaries, is now offering its Trusted Notary® Compliance Program to financial institutions nationwide.  The Program is designed to help banking and mortgage institutions comply with the directives of the National Mortgage Settlement, and the proposed regulations of the OCC and CFPB which are expected to go into effect in early 2013...More

National Notary Association Honors Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto with March Fong Eu Achievement Award

The National Notary Association, the leader in best practices, training, and advocacy for the nation’s community of 4.4 million Notaries, has named Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto as its 2012 March Fong Eu Achievement Award recipient for her dedication to protecting homeowners and consumers nationwide, and for acting as a model of conduct in the midst of the foreclosure crisis...More

The Official 2012 NNA Census: Notary Population Declines, But 4,380,351 Meet Consumer Protection Demand

The National Notary Association announced this week that the number of Notaries Public in the United States declined by 9.3 percent in the past five years, caused by the worst recession in 80 years. Yet, there are still 4,380,351 commission-holders protecting America’s consumers and businesses from fraud...More

National Notary Association Calls Upon America's Notaries To Generate $100,000 For Breast Cancer Through Social Media Campaign

Secretaries Of State To Address Notary Compliance, Liability, Consumer Protection Following National Mortgage Settlement

With the foreclosure ‘robo-signing’ crisis and the National Mortgage Settlement sending shockwaves through America’s mortgage industry, three nationally prominent Secretaries of State will convene a special Keynote Panel at the National Notary Association’s 34th Annual Conference this June to discuss the growing demand for trusted, legal notarizations, and what Notaries need to do to increase public protections and reduce liability risks...More

Risk Mitigation Webinar: Lessons All Servicers Can Learn From The National Mortgage Settlement

As part of the National Mortgage Settlement, authorities have made it clear that proper training and supervision for Notary employees  — an often overlooked and abused aspect in the foreclosure “robo-signing” process  —  is now essential to mitigating corporate risk and reducing legal and financial exposure. To help organizations comply with the Notary provisions of the Settlement, the National Notary Association will present a complimentary webinar, “Lessons All Servicers Can Learn From The Mortgage Settlement,” on April 18 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time...More

National Notary Association Names Veteran Professional Thomas A. Heymann President and Chief Executive Officer

Expanding its leadership in Notary education at a time when national demand for trusted notarizations and consumer protection is at an all-time high, the National Notary Association has named Thomas A. Heymann its new President and Chief Executive Officer...More

NNA To Address Corporate Notarization Best Practices And Training At MBA, PRIA National Conferences

The National Notary Association (NNA) will participate in two important national conferences this month to address the crucial need for sound corporate notarial policy and proper training for Notaries and their supervisors — issues that emerged from the “robo-signing” foreclosure crisis and recent joint state-federal settlement with five of the nation’s largest banks...More

Historic 'Robo-Signing' Foreclosure Settlement Mandates Corporate Best Practices For Financial Institutions

The National Notary Association is offering its Notary management expertise, guidance and corporate best practices to financial institutions seeking to comply with the terms of the national foreclosure settlement announced on February 9 — the largest mortgage industry settlement in U.S. history...More

New Michigan Anti-Fraud Laws Send Warning To Notaries, Businesses: Accountability And Penalties Increasing

The National Notary Association informs Michigan Notaries and employers that, effective January 1, 2012, a package of eight new state laws establish severe penalties for improper or illegal notarizations related to the mortgage lending process...More

National Notary Association Launches Notary Support Initiative In Alabama Following Historic Bond Increase

The National Notary Association has implemented its Trusted Notary Protection initiative in Alabama to help the state’s 67,000 Notaries comply with an unprecedented new law that significantly increases their exposure to liability as it boosts public protections...More

The National Notary Association Urges Notaries, Employers To Nominate 'Notary of the Year' Candidates By December 30

The National Notary Association urges all Notaries and employers of Notaries to submit their nominations online for the 2012 Notary of the Year award before the final deadline of 5 p.m. PT on Friday, December 30...More

The National Notary Association Announces Grand Prize Winner Of Conference 2012 Package Sweepstakes

The National Notary Association has announced the grand prize winner of its Conference 2012 Package Sweepstakes. NNA Member Amber Hall is the proud recipient of the package, which includes registration for two at the NNA Conference 2012 in San Diego, round trip airfare and four nights hotel stay...More

National Notary Association To Present On Notary's Role in Security And Risk Management At Texas Bankers Association Conference

The National Notary Association will present on how Notaries help security managers mitigate risk and ensure legal compliance at the Texas Bankers Association’s 17th Annual Security & Risk Management Conference on November 17...More

National Notary Association Now Offers Notary Privacy Guard®

The National Notary Association is now offering as part of its notarial supplies the Notary Privacy Guard®, an easy-to-use tool designed to help Notaries comply with industry privacy regulations and protect consumers from identity theft...More

National Notary Association Opens 2012 Notary Of The Year Award Call For Nominations

The National Notary Association has announced that the online nomination process for the 23rd annual Notary of the Year officially begins today. The Notary of the Year will be announced live at the NNA Conference 2012, to be held in San Diego, California, June 3-6...More

New National Notary Association 'Member Advocate' Program Empowers Members To Advance The Notary Office

The National Notary Association has announced the launch of its new Member Advocate Program to help support Association initiatives that strengthen the Notary office...More

NNA White Paper Advises Employers To Create Notary Oversight Plan To Comply With State Laws, Mitigate Risk

The National Notary Association has released a new White Paper entitled “An Employer’s Guide to Managing Its Notary Workforce,” which provides guidance to organizations that employ Notaries on how to properly supervise, educate, and manage their Notary-employees...More

National Notary Association President Milt Valera Elected To Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation Board Of Trustees

The National Notary Association is pleased to announce that the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation (CCMF) has elected NNA President Milt Valera to its distinguished Board of Trustees — the only representative on the board from the western United States...More

NNA Poll Reveals That Notaries And Their Employers Lack Protection From Flawed Notarizations

The National Notary Association reports that 46 percent of Notaries who responded to its summer poll said they do not carry Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance, leaving nearly half of the Notary community vulnerable to costly lawsuits...More

The National Notary Association's Annual Conference Returns To Southern California In 2012

The National Notary Association, the leader in best practices, training, and advocacy for the nation’s 4.8 million Notaries, has announced that its 34th annual Conference will be returning to Southern California in 2012 as part of the organization’s 55th anniversary celebration...More

National Notary Association Increases Identity Proofing Assignments for Notaries Through Expanded Relationship with Exostar

The National Notary Association, the leader in best practices, training, and advocacy for the nation’s 4.8 million Notaries, announced today that it is increasing identity-proofing assignments to its nationwide network of Trusted Enrollment Agents (TEA) through an expanded relationship with Exostar...More

National Notary Association Launches Online Notary Supervisor Training For Organizations That Employ Notaries

The National Notary Association, the leader in best practices, training, and advocacy for the nation’s 4.8 million Notaries, has announced the availability of its new Notary Supervisor Training program, an online course for managers, supervisors, and employers of Notaries that reduces an organization’s exposure to liabilities caused by notarial errors or misconduct. The announcement was made today at the National Notary Association’s 33rd Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada...More

Poll Reveals Notaries Want More Education and Training

An overwhelming majority of Notaries recognize the important role that advanced education and training play in strengthening their ability to protect the public’s most important transactions, according to a national survey conducted by the National Notary Association...More

Notary Advocate and Legal Expert Patricia Fry Receives March Fong Eu Achievement Award

The National Notary Association, the leader in best practices, training, and advocacy for the nation’s 4.8 million Notaries, has named Patricia B. Fry as its 2011 March Fong Eu Achievement Award recipient for her outstanding leadership and tireless efforts to strengthen the importance and value of Notaries Public in the digital age...More

NASS President-Elect Beth Chapman to Keynote Annual Conference

The National Notary Association, the leader in best practices, training, and advocacy for the nation’s 4.8 million Notaries, is pleased to announce that Alabama Secretary of State and National Association of Secretaries of State President-Elect Beth Chapman will deliver the keynote address at its 33rd Annual Conference in Las Vegas...More

The NNA Honors Chrissey Ladd as 2011 Notary of the Year

The National Notary Association, the largest organization serving the nation’s 4.8 million Notaries, has named Chrissey Ladd of Haddon Township, New Jersey as its 2011 Notary of the Year for her exceptional efforts to educate and improve standards for Notaries Public in her state...More

NNA Whitepaper Clarifies the Role of the Notary and Why Notarization Is More Important Than Ever

The National Notary Association, the largest organization serving the nation’s 4.8 million Notaries, has released a whitepaper entitled, “Why Notarization Is More Relevant And Vital Than Ever.” The whitepaper comes in the wake of the recent foreclosure documents crisis, which revealed that the role of the Notary Public and the fundamentals of Notarization are not fully understood by the public at large...More

New Chief Executive Officer Marc A. Reiser To Lead Transformation At The National Notary Association

LOS ANGELES – Marc A. Reiser, a veteran executive with a strong marketing and technology background and an impressive record of driving growth in member-targeted disciplines, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the National Notary Association, whose constituency includes 4.8 million of the country’s Notaries. NNA President Milt Valera announced the new appointment...More

Michael Robinson Named Executive Director At The National Notary Association

LOS ANGELES — The National Notary Association, the largest organization serving the nation’s 4.8 million Notaries, has announced its selection of a new Executive Director — only the fourth in its 53-year history — to provide the leadership, drive and innovation to guide the American Notary office at the most critical time in its hist..Moreory.

National Notary Association Urges Employers Of Notaries To Attend Chicago Seminar On Limiting Risk, Liability

LOS ANGELES — In the wake of recent Illinois Appellate Court decisions stating employers of Notaries Public may be putting themselves at risk if they fail to train and supervise their Notary-employees — regardless of what is required by state law — the National Notary Association is urging employers of Notaries to attend a special educational seminar being presented during its upcoming annual conference in Chic..Moreago.

Colorado Secretary of State Official Receives National Award

LOS ANGELES — Mike Shea, Director of the Licensing and Enforcement Division for the Colorado Secretary of State, has been named the recipient of the National Notary Association’s 2010 March Fong Eu Achievement Award for his decades-long effort to establish professional standards for Colorado’s 110,000 Notaries Public — most recently reflected in a much needed 2009 Notary recordkeeping ..Morelaw.

National Notary Association Names Illinois Law Professors Recipients Of First-Ever Lifetime Achievement Award

LOS ANGELES — The National Notary Association is pleased to announce that Michael Closen, Professor Emeritus at Chicago’s prestigious John Marshall Law School, and Malcolm Morris, law professor at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, have been named recipients of the NNA’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their unprecedented accomplishments in modernizing the Notary Public office. The presentation is taking place June 16 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, before an assembly of hundreds attending the Association’s 32nd annual Conference. Notaries from across the state and around the nation, state officials, legal experts and industry leaders are gathering to honor Closen and Morris for their achieveme..Morents.

Model Notary Act of 2010 Establishes New Standards Of Care For Office Of Notary Public

Four-Year Effort Creates Updated Roadmap for Improving Notary Statutes In Wake of Court Rulings and Liability/Compliance Concerns

LOS ANGELES — Amid important legal cases involving Notaries, and with liability and compliance issues becoming a major concern for businesses and governments, the National Notary Association has published a much-anticipated revision of its Model Notary Act — the landmark model that, for 40 years, has grown in importance as a guide for lawmakers to improve standards of care for Notaries...More

Rhode Island Governor and Secretary of State Receive National Recognition For Issuing Executive Order Creating New Standards Of Conduct For Notaries Public

LOS ANGELES, CALIF -  Rhode Island Notaries are now empowered to better protect the public against identity crimes and fraudulent transactions due to a recent Executive Order issued by Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri with the support of Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis. As a result, these forward-looking leaders were recognized for their efforts during an important gathering of the states Notaries in Providence on November 10, 2009...More

New Montana State Law Taking Effect October 1st Seeks To Protect The Public From Document Fraud

LOS ANGELES, CA - A new Montana state law taking effect October 1 implements a number of major changes to the state's Notary Public laws in an effort to help protect the public from the rampant document fraud currently sweeping the nation...More

National Notary Association Awards 2009 Notary Public Education Scholarship To Prince George's Community College

LARGO, MD - Prince George's Community College has been awarded the 2009 Notary Education Scholarship by the National Notary Association, a professional organization representing Notaries Public throughout the United States...More

Notaries Have 'A Common Law Duty To Keep Records Of Their Official Acts,' Says Article In Prominent Law Review

LOS ANGELES - Laws in most states do not require that Notaries Public maintain records of their official acts. But in a recent 230-page article in a prominent law review, a case has been made that America's Notaries have a "common law" duty to keep a journal record of all their notarizations - further underscoring the effect of a recent landmark Illinois Appellate Court ruling that asserts Notaries have responsibilities to the public that go beyond what is specified in existing state laws...More

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

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