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How to Become a Loan Signing Agent in Illinois

An Illinois loan signing agent (LSA)—also referred to as a notary signing agent (NSA)—is a notary commissioned in Illinois who guides customers through the complicated loan signing process. LSA/NSA are duly commissioned notaries public trained to present loan documents for signing, perform all necessary notarizations, and return the executed documents to the closing agent for processing.

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What Are the Authorized Duties of a Notary in Illinois?

Illinois notaries public are individuals of proven integrity who are appointed by the Illinois Secretary of State for a four-year term. Their purpose is to serve as public officials and unbiased witnesses to the signing of important documents.

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Find a Notary Near Me in Illinois

Illinois notaries public are officials of proven integrity appointed by the Illinois Secretary of State for a four-year term. Notaries, mobile notaries, and notary signing agents perform a critical role in Illinois by verifying the identities of signers and serving the public as impartial witnesses to valuable transactions. By doing so, notaries help to deter fraud.  At some point almost every individual will require the services of a notary. Sooner or later, you will find yourself asking, “How do I find a notary near me?” 

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How Do I Renew My Illinois Notary Commission?

The process for renewing your Illinois notary commission is the same as the first time you applied to become a notary in Illinois.  You need to complete a new application, purchase a notary bond, pay the state filing fee and, purchase a new notary stamp.

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How do I become an Illinois notary?

To become an Illinois notary, a notary applicant must: 1) Be 18 years of age or older. 2) Live or work (at least thirty days or more) in the state of Illinois. 3) Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. 4) Not have had a notary commission revoked or suspended in the last ten years. 5) Be able to read, write, and understand the English language. Have no felony convictions.

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