2020 is a great year to change your career or try something new. If a new career is on your to-do list, we encourage you to look out for the best notary jobs out there. Becoming a notary signing agent can lead to a long and rewarding career with countless benefits and limitless income potential.
Let’s take a closer look at what a notary signing agent is and discover how you can become one and reap the benefits that come out of it.
What is a Notary Signing Agent?
According to the National Notary Association, “A Notary signing agent is a Notary who is specially trained to handle and notarize loan documents. For lenders, Notary signing agents are the critical final link to complete the loan. A Notary signing agent is hired as an independent contractor to ensure that real estate loan documents are executed by the borrower, notarized, and returned for processing on time. Completing this critical part of the loan process enables the loan to be funded.”
The notary signing agent should be disinterested in the transaction and should not be aware of the object of the transaction. Additionally, the agent should remain neutral during the transaction and needs to ensure all documents are valid. They must do all that lies in their power to prevent fraud and to promote transparency and trustworthiness. The agent should adhere to all state and federal notary laws and should never keep sides.
Note that notary signing agents cannot offer legal advice and are prohibited to interpret the meaning of legal documents or terms. That is strictly the job of lawyers or law attorneys.
How Do I Get a Notary Signing Job?
In order to become a notary signing agent and gain access to a wide range of notary signing jobs, you need to follow a few specific steps.
The great news is that anyone can become a notary signing agent. All you need to do is to take a training course to learn about being a notary and then submit your application to the state. However, note that each state has its own rules when it comes to notary signing agents.
For instance, the state of California requires people who want to become notary signing agents to submit their fingerprints along with a photo, plus pass an extra notary exam. On the other hand, Virginia does not allow people who have been convicted before to become public notaries.
To become a notary, you will need to get a background check from the National Notary Association. You also need to get the official certifications on the NNA site. This certification ensures that you have the basic qualifications to become a notary signing agent.
What are the Benefits of Becoming a Notary Signing Agent?
Getting a notary signing agent job comes with a wide range of benefits. First of all, you can earn a lot of money in a short amount of time. You can make around $100 per signing in your area, or much more if you are a mobile agent and you travel in other cities.
You will be able to meet with several clients over the course of the week, so your revenues can grow substantially. Moreover, in time, you can increase your commission, since you’ll have more experience in the field and people will trust you more.
Another huge benefit of getting a notary job is that it doesn’t require any previous experience. All you have to do is to follow the course, take your exam and get registered. Of course, you should also comply with all the specific rules and regulations of your state, and you can only practice this job in one state at a time.
As a notary signing agent, you can work at any time of the day. You can work full time or part-time, depending on your needs. Since most people get out of work after 5 PM, you’ll probably work most of the time in the afternoon and evening. Of course, you can also have your own office and work full time.
Lastly, as a notary signing agent, notary fees are not subject to the standard self-employment tax. This means that you’ll pay fewer taxes and you’ll be able to invest more in your retirement account. Consult your tax advisor for that.
To learn more about becoming a notary signing agent and how to get a job in this field, contact us at Coast 2 Coast Signings.
Coast 2 Coast Signings takes pride in working with the best Notaries in the business. We employ Notaries who are responsible, knowledgeable, experienced, thorough, and respectful to our clients. We offer competitive pay for those accepting assignments from our office and work ’round the clock to ensure our notaries have everything they need to complete their assignments in a timely and orderly manner. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, please feel free to contact our office. We welcome the opportunity to expand our C2C family and look forward to hearing from you.