• What is the Difference Between a Mobile Notary and A Signing Agent

    March 13, 2019
  • When it comes to procedures that require submitting documents, like the legal processes, a lot of people get confused between the words attested and notarized and wrongly assume that they mean the same thing.

    We know such terms can be confusing. This is why we are here to help you understand the difference between the two.

    What is Notarization?

    It is the process of giving the verdict regarding the authenticity and reliability of a document. The notarization process involves signing of a document, by the parties involved, in front of a notary public to make sure it is not done forcefully or under any pressure. It also requires the notary public to verify the authenticity of the document as well as the identity of the signee.

    A notarized document should also have the sign, seal, and other important details of the notary public. The notarization process is designed to avoid frauds in sensitive and important matters, such as issuing a power of attorney, buying and selling of property, and giving consent for a minor to travel without one or both parents.

    In some countries, you need to hire an agent or a lawyer who accompanies you to the office of the notary public. If you are looking for a notarization service in California, get in touch with SLO Notary and schedule an appointment for your preferred time.

    What is Attestation?

    Attestation is a process in which a person who is not involved in the transaction witnesses it happening between the involved two parties. The third person then needs to state that they witnessed the two parties signing the documents and sign under it.

    In simple words, a process that requires you to provide witnesses basically refers to attestation. A common example where people are asked to provide attested documents is when the foreign spouse of an American citizen applies for a Green Card.

    Unlike notarization, attestation can be performed by a neighbor, a friend, or a colleague – basically anyone who’s not a blood relative and is of 18 years or older. However, it could take a little more time as compared to the notarization process because you are usually required to provide more than one witness.

    Conclusion

    Identifying the difference between notarization and attestation may seem a bit difficult at first, but the processes are pretty simple. The only key difference is that notarization is only performed by a notary public whereas anyone can do attestation.

    Summary

    When it comes to procedures that require submitting documents, like the legal processes, a lot of people get confused between the words attested and notarized and wrongly assume that they mean the same thing. This article helps you understand the difference between the two.

  • MOBILE NOTARIES

    Requirements: Must have a Notary commission.

    Services performed: Mobile Notaries travel to the customer’s location to perform notarizations. RCI charges the maximum fee set by Maryalnd state law for notarization services which is $4.00. In Maryland, we are also also charge a separate travel fee for traveling to the customer’s location, which is a flat fee based upon the distance we have to travel and the speed of which you require our arrival.

    Where Mobile Notaries can offer services: Mobile Notaries may offer services in any U.S. state where they hold a Notary commission.

    NOTARY SIGNING AGENTS

    Requirements: Must have a Notary commission. Our notaries must be background screened and certified to meet compliance requirements for companies the Signing Agent performs assignments for. It also requires a Title Insurance License, Closing Agent License or other special licensing in certain states. (In Maryland we must also complete the Notary Public Course of Study and Examination

    Services performed: RCI Notary Signing Agents notarize signatures on loan documents and will travel to the signer’s location to do so. We are typically expected to perform additional duties involving loan document packages during assignments, such as printing and delivering loan document packages to the signer, ensuring that all needed signatures and initials are obtained for a loan document package, and mailing or delivering completed loan document packages to the title company or lender.