Notary 101

Simple steps to being a great notary!

You’ve got this, easy!

You’ve got your commission and you want to go further. Awesome! Explore our site, ask questions, and do great work! Have questions? We’re here! Be in touch!

How to Become a Notary.

What does it take to become a notary? Is it complicated? The short answer is, “It’s easy”. Learn more about becoming a notary!

How a notary transaction is done.

How do you ‘administer a notarial act’? Are you a new notary public? has it been a while since you’ve helped someone with notary services? Here’s a quick 7 step refresher course. 

Notarial Acts, ‘Form A’ or ‘Form B’?

Most of your notary career will be summed up in two forms, an ‘acknowledgment’ or a ‘jurat’. An acknowledgment says “yes, they said they signed it”. A jurat says “They swore an oath before me and signed accordingly”. Which certificate do you attach?

Core loan documents for review. 

Check to see if names, dates, and addresses are correct before an appointment so there are no mistakes. Pull these loan documents out so that your borrowers see the information that will make them feel confident to sign. 

Tips for a successful loan signing

Loan signing can be a great way for a notary to make an income on the side or a full career out of being a notary. Are you currently acting as a ‘Notary Signing Agent’ or providing notary services for lenders?  See tips to being a great loan signer.

Remember to Breathe.

Prepare yourself mentally and prepare your essentials every time. 

Pre-Notary checklist.

Just like a pilot rehearses over a pre-flight checklist, the notary should have a checklist too! Here is a 5 step notary checklist to get you flying high as a pro notary!

Boundaries and Strategy for saying “no”.

Many signers will ask for notary under rushed circumstances having not first met all the notary prerequisites. Here are strategies for shaping an ill-sounding “no” into a “let’s try this instead”.

Packaging Loan Documents

Escrows often ask “do you know how to package?”, learn the purpose and tricks for loan packaging.  Learn how to package loan documents to impress your local escrow. 

Running a business? You’ve got this!

Do the work, keep learning, get better and better! When running your business, get creative, have fun, be you, do great work!

Let’s be a Team! We believe in personal service, delivering fully, and providing an exceptional experience. Our clients can depend on us to be the best representation of their business. We care about people’s transactions and their well-being at every step within the process. It means a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day, we know we have provided our very best. Our clients are confident in us, and we are growing in being the best versions of ourselves. We want to see what you can bring to the team!

Patrick Hall

Exceptional Notary, SD Signings

Joining the SD Signings Team.