How to Build a Career as a Notary Signing Agent

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A notary signing agent, also called a mortgage signing agent, is a state commissioned notary public who verifies legal documents at mortgage closings. Signing agents are independent contractors hired by mortgage lenders to handle the signing and notarizing portions of mortgage documents.

  • Become a notary public in your state. Every state has different rules on becoming an notary, but in most cases you must provide proof of residence and meet the minimum age requirements. Some states have an involved process requiring training sessions and state administered exams, and other states only require an application and certfication fee. Contact your local county clerk's office for requirements in your state.

  • Attend courses and seminars. The National Notary Association provides nationally accredited notary educational services through in-class and online classes, and home study courses. You must pass an online certification exam and undergo a background screening process to earn the NNA Certified Notary Signing Agent designation.

  • Contact real estate brokers, attorneys, and mortgage companies offering your services. Create flyers, pass out business cards or build a website to market your services. Join a professional notary association such as the National Notary Association.

  • Notary signing agents are required to follow the same standards as mortgagors and mortgage brokers under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and FTC Safeguards Rule. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act is a provision enacted by Congress to protect consumers' personal financial information. Agencies using notaries must ensure that notaries have passed background screenings before they can sign off on mortgage documents.

Tips & Warnings

  • Seek comprehensive training from an accredited educatiional institution.
  • Earn notary signing agent certification.
  • Market your business.
  • Some states have restrictions on notary signing agents, requiring attorneys to sign and verify mortgage documents instead of a notary.

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