Colorado Springs Notary - Leon Austin


Understanding the role of the notary signing agent.

A lot of times I will read a question on a message board from a notary signing agent who is not sure what to do with a particular document because of the way it is worded. One of the first things a notary signing agent must understand, and the hardest concept to grasp, it seems, is that we don't notarize documents. We notarize signatures.

Taking that into consideration, we don't concern ourselves with the contents of the document. We just want to be sure that there are no blanks. There are two places for signatures. We concern ourselves only with the contents of what we're signing, not with what the borrower is signing.

Also, we don't decide what type of notarial act to perform. If a company says they want a particular document "notarized", but doesn't include notarial wording on the document, we don't take it upon ourselves to pull out a loose certificate or a stamp and affix it to the document. The prudent thing to do is to ask what type of notarial act the company wants you to perform. Do they want you to administer an oath, or acknowledge a signature? We don't make that decision.

As hard as it is to accept, and as much as we read in our manuals that we have "powers", we are really powerless in such situations. And the more we realize how little "power" we have, the easier we will find that it is to do our jobs, and accept our roles as notary signing agents.

Comment balloon 1 commentLeon Austin • April 06 2007 04:25AM


Great point made.

Posted by GERILYNNE LAMPKIN (GERILYNNE LAMPKIN) about 13 years ago

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