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What is a Signing Agent?

First, let's start with the title. 

Also known as:

  • Loan Signing Agent,

  • Notary Signing Agent, 

  • NSA

  • Certified Loan Signing Agent

  • Loan Doc Specialist

  • Loan Signing Specialist

  • LSS

All the titles mentioned above mean the same thing: 

Signing Agent

A Certified Loan Signing Agent is a Commissioned Notary Public that either has extensive experience in the loan signing industry, which could mean working for an escrow, title, mortgage, or other companies dealing in real estate. Or is a commissioned Notary Public that has taken additional training to learn how to perform the duties of a Certified Notary Loan Signing Agent.

Loan Signing Agent Duties

There are multiple duties required of a notary signing agent; however, the primary function is to obtain signatures, initials, packaging, and notarizing.  An average of 60-200 plus documents within a loan package requires action, either with descriptions, signatures, required information, etc. The trained Notary Loan Document Specialist is well-versed in all aspects of a loan signing session and is a crucial part of loan funding.

Signing Agent Courses

Training provides a clear understanding of the documents, processing, and requirements involved in a loan signing appointment, which expedites the funding of a loan. An inexperienced or non-certified notary will cause unnecessary delays in the processing of a loan, which will negatively affect the client, the signers, and will most assuredly tarnish the notary's reputation, thereby guaranteeing no future assignments.


Course Options
Understanding the process is crucial to becoming an NSA or Notary Signing Agent. Notaries Public interested in expanding their commission to include becoming a loan signing agent will begin to search the internet for options. Course options are out there, and varied Loan Signing Agent Systems can become too confusing. One thing for sure it should not break the bank!  Keeping in mind building a foundation on loan signing fundamentals is the best start. 

  • How do I get loan signing jobs?

  • How am I paid?

  • What if borrowers won't sign?

  • Will I need additional Insurance?

  • What if I don't have a printer?

  • Is someone available to help answer questions after hours and on weekends?

  • Can I do loan signings as a side gig?

  • Will I need to invest more money?

  • How can I get started with zero experience?

  • Is there a demand for loan signing agents?

  • What if I am a new notary?

Loan Signing requirements are the same across the board; choosing whom you learn from can make or break your success in this growing industry. 

State Signing Agent Licensing

Currently, there is no state certification, licensing, or education requirements for a notary interested in becoming certified as a notary loan signing agent. However, most lenders will require, at the very minimum, any notary public interested in consideration for a signing agent assignment/ job must have training/certification or experience. California Notary Classes in-depth Certified Loan Signing Agent Training is offered online or our most requested, one-on-one course. Whichever you decided, you are on a path to success!

Basic introduction to becoming Signing Agent