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Steps for a Great Notary Appointment ↓↓↓

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1. Ensure that you've met California's regulations

Please ensure that the following prerequisites are met before scheduling a signing with SD Signings:

  • All signers must bring active IDs that reflect the name on the documents exactly or more.
  • All documents must be completed in full in advance, with no blanks.
  • All signers must understand the documents and be of sound mind.
    If any signer is elderly or frail, please read on here.
  • All signers must be willing and ready to sign.
  • Signers must be able to speak the same language as the notary.
  • The transaction must be lawful and entirely ready.

SD Signings notaries are committed to acting lawfully in accordance with California law. Therefore, if these prerequisites are not met at the time of the signing, the notary is required by law to refuse services. Signers and coordinators, please ensure that all prerequisites are met before scheduling a signing.

For more detailed information on how to prepare for a notary, please visit our preparation page or faq.

SD Signings Team: 619-442-8585

2. Send scans or photos of your documents to us

Added benefits of sending us your documents in advance: By sending us the whole document in advance, we can print it upon request. Simply email us a scan or snapshots of the front page, signature page, and notary page, and we’ll prepare everything in advance, making for a fast appointment!
  • We bring printed documents to you on request.
  • We mark all sign spots with stickies.
  • We have safeguards in place before we meet.
  • We check everything in advance.
  • Certificates are ready to go.
  • Journals are filled out prior.
  • Your meeting will be streamlined and fast.
  • You get an advance estimate.
  • No surprises.
  • We uphold the best standards of proactivity.
Appointment coordinators can scan completed documents to print, send pictures of title pages to prepare, or email us a list of document names and signers. *As a thank you, we typically print most document sets at no cost. You can upload documents here or email them to us directly.
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3. Set the stage for excellence

Steps to Improve Every Meeting! Let’s take all necessary measures to ensure the ideal signing scenario and strengthen the protection of your transaction!

Create the Perfect Signing Space: A lot of table space and a relaxed atmosphere help ensure that nothing gets messy or missed. Signing a hundred pages between three people in a rush on a TV tray can get tricky!

The Golden Rule: It’s important for us to do great work for you, and we’re all on the same team with the same mission. We want to see your transaction fulfilled. When we work together, both signers and notaries are empowered to give their best energy and produce excellent work.

Our Mistakes: Despite our preparations, every transaction is unique, and mistakes can happen. If an initial or signature is missed, we’ll come back to fix it at no additional cost. Thank you for your understanding!

4. Let's catch any processing errors before we even begin

Congratulations on making it this far! We appreciate your thoughtful attention.

It’s common for us to find crucial details that are incorrect within documents at the signing table. Now is a great time to check for any typos in your document. If you catch these items now, you’ll have full confidence in your paperwork when we meet.

Common typographical errors to watch for include:

Is everyone’s name spelled correctly in the document and beneath the signature lines?
Are other important identifying information, such as the property address and terms, correct?

There are also common document conditions for processing to keep in mind. For example, “sign your signature exactly as your name appears on the document” is common for deeds and loan documents. Be prepared for unique signing conditions like these at the appointment. This is often a hard condition set by your bank or county recorder for the processing of your transaction.

Check with your receiving agency to learn about any specific details they’re looking for when processing your documents. We’ll also be mindful and do our best to assist you.

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5. We're excited to help!

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Call: 619-442-8585


You're Doing Great Things, We stand with you!

“We cannot predict the future, but we can choose who we want to be and how we will respond to it.”

Notary services are not only about us, but also about you. At some point, you will come across a critical and decisive moment in your life. It could be challenging, exciting, or filled with creativity and hope. Ultimately, it belongs to you.

The signatures and fingerprints in our record books have imagined and built the San Diego skyline, created thriving communities worldwide in previously impoverished and hopeless places, and built families while protecting legacies.

As a notary service, we serve as an ambassadors for people who move forward confidently in their decisions. We empower and protect their intentions and help them make history, change the future, and stand tall in what they believe. These are people who are committed and all in.

This work is crucial to us. We are genuine, proactive, and deliver excellence to fulfill our responsibilities. From the moment we join together on a transaction, we ensure that we provide our very best work for you. Long before we meet in person, we prepare by proof-checking paperwork and planning an incredible experience without surprises. This means your appointments are swift and secure, and we often finish them minutes before the scheduled time. Your time and plans matter to us because you have places to be in this world.

We are not robots; we are real people who deliver personalized and exceptional work. We are on your team as you change your world! You have aligned with your integrity, and now you will leave your mark, defining how you will be identified.

You are saying, “This is who I am.

Patrick Hall

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