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What's The Difference Between A Mobile Notary And A Notary Signing Agent?

Many Notary entrepreneurs are interested in offering general mobile Notary services as well as working as Signing Agents — but they are not the same. This guide will help you compare and understand the roles of Mobile Notaries and Notary Signing Agents.

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Additional Resources:

Signing Agent FAQ

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judy Gottage

21 Jan 2019

I really love the new information in this email. Thank you

Judi Carlson-Mattedi

21 Jan 2019

I am glad that this has been posted, so many Notarys think just because they are a notary they can do anthing. Thank you for showing the difference.

Brandi

21 Jan 2019

This is made up. You go through a background check to get a notary. Signing agent is a term that was never used in all the years of being a notary. This is a company that is once again making money on generic terms. I hate when companies make up terms and act like its different or necessary. Remember people, a notary only verifies identity. In this generation you actually make less money as a notary. It is not our job to give legal advice. I could go on. Just stop already.

National Notary Association

22 Jan 2019

Hello. Please see this article for more information on why lenders request background screenings from Notary Signing Agents that perform loan document signing assignments: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2016/05/why-notary-signing-agents-need-background-screenings

Lancess Williams

21 Jan 2019

How do I go about getting my signing agent certificate in Pennsylvania? My commission is about to be up in November so I want to do it all at the same time

National Notary Association

22 Jan 2019

Hello. Please see here for more information: https://www.nationalnotary.org/pennsylvania/signing-agent

Allison Maxwell Hester

23 Jan 2019

We should not have to do this every year. It is literally taking advantage of the lowest paid person in the closing process and making them pay exhorbant fees every year and conference they could easily do on-line and and would cost hundreds less. Shame on the NNA

Andrea Derrick

24 Jan 2019

I COMPLETEY agree with Brandi and Allison. Regular notaries public are background screened/checked and verify identity the same as “signing agents”. Signing agents cannot charge any more for the service they provide yet have to pay more upfront and ongoing to hold that title. Sounds like someone’s idea to make more money off of us.

National Notary Association

24 Jan 2019

Hello. Please see this article for more information: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2016/05/why-notary-signing-agents-need-background-screenings

Mera

02 Feb 2019

How do I become a signing agent in Ga.

National Notary Association

06 Feb 2019

Hello. Georgia requires an attorney admitted to the state bar to be present or involved in the closing of real property transactions.

westgeorgianotary@gmail.com

07 Mar 2019

I'm a little confused, reluctant and mortified at some of the attacks to the NNA. I do not work for them; however, I agree that SOME sites seem to use language that is a little intimidating. Some of the site will warrant you to believe you have to do , and you have to do that. There seems to be a lot of upfront fees; however when you google being an notary entrepreneur the start up cost is typically $200, I'm quickly approaching that amount with supplies, a website and business cards. Now I'm reading that It may or may not be financially empowering to become a signing agent. I've read so much over the past month/ I'm tired of reading. I wanted to secure an actual business EIN number; one site almost received $199 from me. However; I always call the company and ask questions before paying for anything. As entrepreneurs we should all conduct our own due diligence before purchasing a product. Its up to us to fact find; just remember, the same way you feel about the NAA a customer may strongly voice their concern and post negative information about your business practices. Hopefully as you go through this journey, you'll learn a lot and pay it forward to the next individual who wants to become a notary.

Hania Torres

12 Jun 2019

Sometimes is kind of confuse, ok, I read about the difference of Mobile Notary and Signing Agent, what about a Notary who has their base office?

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