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What Is a Notary Signing Agent?
A Notary Signing Agent is a Notary who has special expertise to handle and notarize loan papers. 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.
What are the requirements to be a Notary Signing Agent?
A Notary Signing Agent must be a commissioned/appointed/licensed Notary Public. Be aware that opportunities to conduct loan closings may be limited or restricted in some states.
What searches are included in the Background Screening?
10-Year Search of Criminal Records1
Social Security Number Trace 
County Criminal Court Search2
Motor Vehicle Records3
National Sex Offender 
Nationwide Criminal Database 
Federal District Court Search 
USA Patriot Act including Terrorist Watch List
1 California, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York and Washington laws limit reporting to 7 years.
2 New York restricts criminal checks to a statewide level and does not offer county criminal court searches.
3 Unavailable in Washington and Pennsylvania.
Why is a Background Screening required?

In order to guard borrowers' private financial information, the mortgage industry requires all persons involved in the lending process to undergo background screenings. Lenders in turn instruct title services companies to ensure that everyone with access to mortgage documents has been screened. This requirement applies to everyone handling loan documents including Notaries who act as Signing Agents.

The background screening includes identity verification, residence verification, federal criminal record database search, residence county criminal record search (through court records, not a database), state motor vehicle records search and an Office of Foreign Assets Control (known-terrorist list) check.

This comprehensive screening meets the highest lender standards and is far more expansive than other screenings. It is therefore recognized and accepted by the nation's leading title and mortgage services companies.

At Indepth Background Checks, we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver time-efficient screening results to our clients without compromising quality or accuracy. The moment you place an order online, our team of FCRA certified representatives begins the background check process. Once a report is complete, an email is dispatched to let you know the report is ready for review.
Unlike most competitors, Indepth Background Checks will not nickel and dime you with multiple fees associated with various jurisdictions. You know up front what you will pay. And, it's completely transferable, so you can utilize it for all your customer's compliance requirements.
*Except Residents (last 10 years) of New York State add $65