Back by popular demand. As we approach mid-year, Notary professionals are encouraged to look back and evaluate the first six months of the year. Has your business grown? What works? What doesn't work? Take steps now to ensure continued growth.
Highlights of topics covered to keep Notaries abreast of updates and technological changes in the notary profession are listed below. Feel free to click on the links to the right to go directly to the topic of your choice.
Coordinated by Elaine Wright Harris
Notary Public Procedures Instructor
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Notaries may be asked to provide a Medallion Signature Guarantee on a document. A medallion signature guarantee is one of several special certification stamps that guarantees a signature [of a client] authorizing a transfer of securities is authentic. Parties will generally require a medallion signature guarantee when an owner wants to sell or transfer securities, such as stocks or bonds, held in physical certificate form.
Signature Guarantees are performed by banks, credit unions and other financial institutions. The bank employee verifies the signer’s identity and places the signature guarantee on the document.
Signature Guarantees are not performed by Notaries Public. If requested to provide a medallion signature, Notaries should refer the client to their financial institution.
For the 2nd year, Notary Professionals have provided FREE notarial services for Estate Planning Clinics for low income seniors in Prince George's County, Baltimore County, and the City of Baltimore. The clinics are usually held Monday – Saturday, 11:00 am - 3:-00 pm. Typical time frames Notaries are asked to cover include: [11:00 am- 1:30 pm] or [1:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm] or [11:00 am-3:00 pm].
To facilitate provision of notarial services to the general public, hospitals, nursing homes, and home-bound clients a committee will be established to develop standard guidelines that are appropriate for these services.
Our 8th Annual Notary Public Day [NPD] (Saturday, November 16, 2019) Raffle was officially kicked off at Notary Enrichment Day. Funds received from the Raffle are used for donations to a charitable cause, prize give-aways and miscellaneous expenses incurred to produce a successful Notary Public Day program. Notary Professionals can support this FREE event by purchasing raffle tickets. The cost is $5 per ticket. You could be the lucky winner of one of the prizes below.
Remote notarization is coming! Remember the 5 P's? Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance! Imagine notarizing from your home-based business for clients around the world and the mortgage industry. But wait! A 32" monitor will surely capture all the images required to complete the notarization.
Neat, Sleek Look, Wireless! Print from smartphone or tablet. Every family can benefit from a Bluetooth color wireless printer. Print pictures, recipes, articles, or whatever your family desires.
A webcam – short for ‘web camera’ – is a digital camera that’s connected to a computer. With the passing of Senate Bill 678, Notaries can capture clients anywhere in the world with a webcam. You can add a separate webcam to your monitor at any time. A 2-year protection plan included.
Occasionally, a document is presented for notarization that does not contain notarial certificate wording for an oath or affirmation or acknowledgment. Maryland has a unique law that allows a Notary to notarize the signature in the capacity of an “official witness” without completing a notarial certificate.
Here’s an example . . .
In Maryland, a Notary certificate form (often called a loose certificate) is a separate sheet containing acknowledgment or other wording for a notarial act that may be attached to another document. Certificate forms are commonly used by the mortgage industry to correct improperly notarized documents or complete notarizations for multiple signers in different locations or at different times. A certificate form may not be used to correct a notarization if the Notary failed to observe or witness the signature of the signer. . . .
Overview Presented by Wanda Moore
Key features of this bill includes:
1. Initial Notary Applicants must complete course of study and pass an examination.
2. Renewal Applicants must pass an examination.
3. Notaries may charge the prevailing IRS business travel mileage rate (2019 rate is 58 cents).
4. Authorization of Electronic and Remote Notarizaton.
EFFECTIVE DATE: OCTOBER 1, 2020
To read/print Senate Bill 678 (Full Text), click here; then click on "Status: (Passed) 2019-05-13 - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 407 [SB678 Detail]", then click on “Text: Latest Bill text (Chaptered) [PDF].
Presented by Donnell Smith
NotaryAct - Summary of Features
Electronic Notary vs Remote Online Notary
Electronic Notary Public
Remote Online Notary Public
Click on the videos below for a more detailed description of present and future technology for Notaries Public. Don't forget to "unmute" your desktop computer or smart device if there is no sound.
Testimony: Elaine Wright Harris, 2009 NNA Notary of the Year - "Donnell, I have not used a paper journal since August 2013. Using NotaryAct, the electronic journal, has saved me so much time in performing notarizations, in particular when performing mortgage loan closings. Also, the cost of NotaryAct is economical. It adds a touch of technological professionalism to my closings. My clients are impressed!"
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I am thrilled that Notary Professionals are taking charge of developing their own affordable websites! A little imagination and creativity are producing absolutely stunning websites! Details for our first NPD Website Design & Development Contest will be announced soon. You are encouraged to be a contestant by submitting your website design. Three winners will be announced at our Notary Public Day (NPD) program on November 16, 2019.
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