From NNA: Is An Expired ID Acceptable For A Notarization?

wouldn’t be hard to argue that the Notary’s main responsibility is properly identifying signers, but what if a signer presents an expired ID? This is a fairly common occurrence. An elderly signer who doesn’t drive anymore, for example, may only have a long-expired driver’s license. Or some people may simply have overlooked the ID renewal notices from their state DMV […]

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From NNA: Privacy Issues And Collecting Signer Thumbprints

The National Notary Association has a great article in their most recent newsletter talking about privacy issues and collecting signer thumbprints. Did you know that California passed a law in 1996 requiring notaries to obtain journal thumbprints for signers of certain documents; and many Notaries nationwide continue to record signer thumbprints in their official notarial journal. Currently, two states require […]

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From NNA: Avoiding The Unauthorized Practice Of Law

The Notary Bulletin from National Notary Association has a great article titled “Avoiding The Unauthorized Practice Of Law” While the regulations governing Notary practices can be complex, your practical role is straightforward: to identify signers and act as an impartial witness to the execution of documents. Providing services that step beyond this role — such as offering legal advice, and […]

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From NNA: Closing Disclosure Delay Gives Signing Agents More Time To Prepare

The Notary Bulletin from National Notary Association has a great article titled “Closing Disclosure Delay Gives Signing Agents More Time To Prepare” Notary signing agents will have more time to prepare for the new Closing Disclosure after the federal government announced its intention to delay the mandatory implementation of the form until October 3. The rule that created the Closing […]

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From NNA: Notary Business: Six Ways To Earn Extra Money

The Notary Bulletin from National Notary Association has a great article titled “Notary Business: Six Ways To Earn Extra Money” Over the past year, the NNA has been highlighting a number of resources for signing agents to earn income amid the real estate downturn. We’ve had several requests from our national community to share opportunities that are well-suited for a […]

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From NNA: Notary Basics: Determining A Signer’s Awareness

Today’s edition of the Notary Bulletin from National Notary Association has a great article titled “Notary Basics: Determining A Signer’s Awareness” While Notaries are not expected to be experts in human consciousness, you should be prepared to make a layperson’s determination of the mental awareness of your signers. In some states this critical assessment of a person’s willingness to sign […]

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From NNA: Your Guide To Notary Oaths And Affirmations

Today’s edition of the Notary Bulletin from National Notary Association has a great article titled “Your Guide To Notary Oaths And Affirmations” The article goes over the differences between oaths and affirmations and provides tips for conducting both. Click here to read the full article: Your Guide To Notary Oaths And Affirmations Here are some other helpful tips & tutorials […]

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Notary? Here are 5 Steps to a Proper Notarization

This great article is from the National Notary Association‘s Notary Bulletin: Step 1: Require personal appearance Step 2: Scan over the document Step 3: Verify your signer’s identity and screen for willingness and awareness Step 4: Record your journal entry (some states require or strongly recommend a record of all notarizations) Step 5: Complete the notarial certificate Remember: never give […]

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