Frequently Asked Notary Questions

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Frequently Asked Notary Questions




Do you provide virtual or online notary? 

No.   By law, In California we are unavailable to provide online notary services at this time. There are states such as Virginia that are available to provide online notary services. 


Do your notaries accept credit card? What other forms of payment?


Yes!  We accept credit card, cash, check, and most forms of common payment. We can accept credit card on site at the time of the appointment or over the phone. We also accept online payments by paypal or credit card through our invoicing to businesses.


Why doesn’t SD Signings offer ASAP Notary Appointments?


SD Signings aims to provide our customers with proactive excellence. Ultimately, we want to give you our best! In 15 years of service, we have found that there are few good outcomes from a rushed work. We understand the need for asap services, we are also glad to supply resources for a quick notary!  We value preparing for a great notary experience ahead of time. That’s important to us.  Our team is fully-committed to our currently scheduled appointments even before our meetings. We are taking time to proof-check, organize, and ensure excellence in our notary processing. It is also very important to us to be mindful of our notaries and their families. Schedule us first thing tomorrow, we’ll be fresh and excited to help!


Is SD Signings an Approved Notary Service for loan documents? 


We accommodate loan document signings all day long, every day. We are on multiple approval lists! There is a good chance we are approved with your loan or escrow company. If not, we can usually meet their need with a quick email. We hold high insurance policies and background certifications to meet company vendor guidelines.  There are thousands of lending institutions, most often if we aren’t on the list, let your lender or escrow know that you’d like to use us. You are a paying customer with the right to choose. There is some give in that.


Can you Print, Deliver, Overnight, or Scan a set of documents?


Yes. We offer lots of additional services to accommodate your transaction efficiently and entirely. Let us know what you need. Additional service charges may apply. We have large printer/copier/scanners to attend to large print jobs effectively according to the appropriate page parameters. 


What if a signer does not have an Active Government-issued ID for my notary appointment?


If a signer doesn’t have an active drivers license, passport, or military ID. Two uninterested persons that can identify the signers will also suffice. They will need to identify themselves with the aforementioned IDs and they can affirm the identity of the signer to the notary public. See notary appointment preparation.


Do you have a notary that visit Jails or Detention Facilities?


We do visit jails, prisons, and detention facilities very often. We are familiar with the process. We can print out scanned documents, have them signed within the facility and returned promptly. You are also welcome to meet us at the detention facility with the documents. Schedule online here or visit the contact us page and shoot us a message for urgent signings.


How does a jail notary appointment process work? 


Notaries can visit a jail, prison, or detention facility without an appointment. Contact us or schedule a confirmed appointment online. We will reach out to you. As notaries, we are unable to provide the documents by law. Once you have your document ready, email it to us and we’ll print it out for the appointment. You can also meet us at the facility with your document. Once we have the document, we will send a notary into the facility within 24 hours (typically). Your document will be immediately signed /notarized. We will coordinate the best way to get a document back to you quickly. Learn more about detention facility here.


Do you have a notary to visit a hospital or nursing home?


Yes, we visit hospitals and nursing homes frequently. These notaries need to be handled with care to protect the signers. We do take extra precautions to ensure everyone is protected. The signers must have satisfactory ID (see appointment prep page). The signer must be in a good state of mind to make sound decisions. The signer must not be under the influence of medications or any substances that will affect their decision making process. The signer must be willing to sign the documents on their own accord. Lastly, if signing in a skilled nursing facility or nursing home, the site ‘ombudsmen’ must be present for the signing of any health care related documents. We do ask a series of questions to ensure a signer is oriented, fully understanding the nature of the documents. This is for everyone’s protection. 

Do I need an Acknowledgement or Jurat?


California state law does not allow us to choose as we are unqualified to provide legal advice. Your best bet is to contact the receiving agency of your document and ask them what they require. Ask them what they want for their processing. Acknowledgment certificates contain verbiage in which the notary indicates a signer has acknowledged they personally signed the document before them. A Jurat certificate contains verbiage in which the notary has received an affirmation or sworn verbal confirmation about the document’s being true and correct. We can let you know the difference between an acknowledgment and jurat, here.


Does my document need to be completed entirely? Why can’t there be any blanks?


California state law says “no blanks” when a document needs a notarial act. Completing documents in full is meant to protect the signer and their intentions. If there are blanks within a document, they can be filled in at a later time by someone else completely altering the signer’s wishes or statements. Completing documents in full protects everyone. California makes this law for good reason.


Patrick, Bethany and the entire SD Signings organization are a pleasure to work with. As a business and estate planning attorney, I require notary services regularly. There is no other notary as reliable as SD Signings. They will conveniently arrange to meet at my client’s home or office, at my office, or at an off-site location. They have also gone out of their way to accommodate me with notary questions, weekend and nighttime appointments. I couldn’t ask for more out of a notary.

John Masnica

Attorney at Law, Tailored Legal

Patrick is a fantastic notary and a perfect gentleman.  Our law firm frequently uses him for notary services, and he always comes well prepared with knowledge and a friendly demeanor.  He is very patient with our clients, flexible with their scheduling, and a pleasure to our staff.  I highly recommend Patrick’s services.

Erin V

Owner, Woof Dog Training

An excellent and reliable notary service. SD Signings has been my go-to mobile notary service for years. They are highly experienced, efficient, helpful and easy to work with. They provide quality service heads and shoulders above the rest!
Joanna De Vos

Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Joanna De Vos

SD Signings is the best in the business! I have used SD Signings many times over the years for both personal and business. From service to expertise they have been excellent and I would highly recommend using them.
Gary Horton

Realtor, Mission Realty Group

First impression really matter; and so far, Patrick seems to leave a really great impression. I like how he was able to rearrange an earlier appointment with me on such short notice.  In addition, he is very organized and seems to have everything well-prepared. He is very professional and very thorough. Moreover, I like how he takes his time looking over my papers and not just rushing to get it over with. It shows that my papers are just as important to him as it is to me. I highly recommend him for any notary services.

Lena Ghianni

Attorney at Law, LG Law

Great Job! Patrick was friendly, efficient, and very professional. I would highly recommend Patrick and the services provided by SD Signings.

Casey O'Connell

Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Casey O'Connell

From start to finish and any recalls (for mistakes I make) The signings by SD Signings are always done polite, professional and prompt. My recent 6AM signing was one hundred percent (100%) performed and carried out flawlessly by SD Signings. Your offices, I commend for exceptional workmanship. Thank you.

Bentley Brown