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How to ID in a Multi-Cultural World Signing Agent Branding Your Signing Agent Business 10 Steps to a Flawless Loan Signing Answers to Questions Notary Signing Agents are Asking Today Being a Team Player in the Loan Closing Process New Law Update California New-Law Update Oregon New-Law Update Arkansas New-Law Update Notary Laws Special Reports Law Review Articles NNA Annual Conference Social Media Press Center Tips and Tutorials Administer an Oath Correct a Certificate Determine if ID is Acceptable Determine if Blank Spaces Acceptable Fix Bad Seal Impressions Avoid Unauthorized Practice of Law Handle Name Discrepancies Notarize Foreign Language Documents Notarize Wills How to Use Your Notary Seal Stamp Signing Agent Resources Non-Payment Issues Common Collection Terms Managing Your Collection Efforts Sample Collection Letters Signing Agent Tools Rescission Calendar Closing Disclosure ZipCode Locator / Driving Directions Signing Agent Pledge Card Privacy Tips Self Assessment Reference Library Model Notary Act Notary Public Code of Professional Responsibility US Notary Reference Manual (members only) Certificate Forms (members only) State Law Summaries The Signing Professionals Workgroup (SPW) recently announced newly recommended best-practices certification standards for Notaries who perform loan document signings. More details are available in the press release and article below: SPW Press Release Special Report: New Standards For Mortgage Signings The Signing Professionals Workgroup The Certified Signing Specialist Standards The Transition Process The recommended best-practices certification standards for Notaries performing loan signings are listed below: Certified Signing Specialist Code of Conduct Certified Signing Specialists will adopt the standards of professionalism and practice as defined in the Certified Signing Specialist Code of Conduct. To obtain and maintain the Certified Signing Specialist designation, you will be required to sign an acknowledgment stating that you will abide by the Code of Conduct’s Standards of Practice. Standardized Signing Script Certified Signing Specialists will follow a standardized script at the onset of a loan signing appointment, and will use the supplied standardized responses when explaining the function of specific loan documents when asked by the consumer. The SPW’s script is intended to be a guideline if the lender, title company or signing service does not provide one. You may use any script provided by a lender, title company or signing service that does not ask you to violate the law. Background Screening Certified Signing Specialists will satisfy an annual background screening that follows the search criteria and scoring metrics defined in the Standards with the addition of non-moving violations (2 points), which includes no insurance, failure to register vehicle, expired license plates, failure to pay, suspended driver’s license for child support and other violations. Certification Examination Certified Signing Specialists will complete an annual examination with a passing score of at least 80%. The examination is currently under development and will be updated each year to reflect changes in the industry. Errors and Omissions Insurance Certified Signing Specialists will maintain Notary errors and omissions insurance coverage of $25,000. More information about the SPW and the Standards is available at SigningProfessionalsWorkgroup.org. For more information about the Certified Signing Specialist Standards, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding your specific situation or account, email email@example.com or call 855-762-5415. Additional Resources: SPW Certified Signing Specialist Standards Overview Certified Signing Specialist Code of Conduct Sample Closing Script SPW Background Screening Standards SPW Exam Overview Chris Sturdivant, Director of Business Development for the National Notary Association, spoke with Notaries, via Skype, in Maryland during a Notary Public Day seminar. He discussed the new standards for mortgage signings, the creation of the Signing Professionals Workgroup, the future Certified Signing Specialist designation, and answered several questions from the audience.