The first step to being able to notarize real estate documents is to be appointed as a notary public by the California Secretary of State. You have to become a notary public to be able to notarize anything. Only notaries can use a notary seal to stamp documents.
That process consists of the following steps:
- Complete a training class authorized by the California Secretary of State.
- Complete state exam.
- Submit your application to the state.
There are also a lot of minor steps along the way. You’ll have to obtain and file a bond, but that’s part of the application process. The California Secretary of State’s office has authorized our 100% online notary course. We cover all of the steps and requirements to become a real estate notary public.
You are allowed to notarize loan documents after you are commissioned as a notary public by the California Secretary of State’s office. You do not need to take a loan signing agent course or have a certification. Many training courses offer these courses as a way to make more money. We only offer the course that the state requires.
But just because the state doesn’t require a course doesn’t mean that certain banks or networks of notaries do not value signing agent courses or require them before you provide real estate notary services. We always tell our students to get their notary commission first. You can then take a signing agent course if someone you want to work with wants you to. They might not have any requirements or they might want one company’s course. You wouldn’t want to take the wrong signing agent course and waste your time and money.