If you’re in need of notary services, you’ll need the right notary agent for the job. But not all notary agents are created equal. There are mobile or traveling notaries, and then notary signing agents. While many of their responsibilities overlap, these two types of notaries are best suited for particular situations. Read on to learn more.
Also known as a traveling notary, a mobile notary public is a public officer who is certified by law to witness and confirm the signing of legal documents, as well as the identities of those who are signing. They are known as “mobile” or “traveling” notaries because they can travel to a customer’s location to perform notarizations, so long as it’s in a state where they hold a notary commission. A mobile notary will charge a fee for their travel and time.
The convenience of a mobile notary has many advantages, as they can accommodate a busy client’s schedule, or meet the needs of an individual who may be injured or infirm. Mobile notaries provide convenience to law firms, financial institutions, and private citizens alike.
A notary signing agent, also known as a loan signing agent, have many of the same responsibilities as mobile notaries. They must have a notary commission and are able to confirm the signatures and identities of participating parties regarding a legal document. The big difference, however, is that signing agents work only on loan documents, while mobile notaries can work on a variety of documents. In that respect, signing agents are best suited for real estate transactions. A mobile notary, meanwhile, can work for various industries.