How to Become a Notary Signing Agent

NATIONAL NOTARY ASSOCIATION


Notary Signing Agents (NSAs) facilitate loan closings for the mortgage finance industry. Before starting the NSA certification process, you must be commissioned as a Notary Public. Please be aware that opportunities to conduct loan signings may be limited or restricted in some states. Signing Agent Certification Process

Many state laws do not address additional qualifications or requirements for Notaries who work as Notary Signing Agents. However, companies in the mortgage finance industry do have laws and regulations they must meet in order to do business.

Because lenders, title companies and signing services are held to certain regulatory standards, they set the bar for the Notaries they hire. While every company's guidelines may vary, the industry strongly recommends taking all of the following steps to increase your chances of getting hired by the widest range of companies.

  1. Be commissioned as a Notary Public in your state (required).

  2. Take a loan signing training course.

  3. Pass an exam and background screening that are SPW compliant.

  4. Buy your Signing Agent supplies.

  5. Purchase a minimum $25,000 E&O insurance policy.

  6. Start working as a Notary Signing Agent.

  7. Promote your business online by joining Notary Signing Agent directories.


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