One of the first things a potential Notary Public goes through before they officially become a Notary Public is a screening process administered by their respective state. Then, as a notary gets hired by a company they are asked to go through a second screening process. So, why is there a need for a second screening?
The answer to this is simple, companies that use the services of NSA do not have access to the results from the state’s background checks that they initially took.
In California, for example, part of the NSA commissioning process is to undergo a state background check every four years. One issue with this is that only state officials can see the results. So, lenders, title companies, and other businesses in the mortgage industry are not able to see the results of the screening.
In addition to mortgage businesses not having access to these state background checks, a mortgage industry background check is a lot more rigorous than that of a state’s. A state background screening usually only focuses on looking for convictions. Lenders and title companies have stricter standards. Their signing agents screening requirements include searching for misdemeanor crimes, infractions, and felonies.
A conviction does not automatically make a Notary lose their commission. These cases often are case by case and can take months.
Companies must be able to show that all NSAs they work with can comply with federal privacy and data security regulations.
Not all Notary Public go through background checks as part of their commission application process. Look into your state for more information. Some states may only run a background check if a Notary acknowledged they have a criminal record.
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