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May 17, 2019

Can you scan loan docs back using a cell phone?

Filed under: Notary Mistakes — admin @ 11:08 am

Can you scan loan docs back using a cell phone?

Yes, but should you? Notaries commented on forums that cell phone scans are unclear and unprofessional. If you want to get fired, then do what you like. But, for nice clear scans, use a professional machine or better yet, get a portable.

You can use whatever equipment you like so long as the output is clear. Maybe a higher end iPhone will do the trick… or not. I don’t know because I am not a technical guy. Or better yet, ask your employer and they can recommend what they want. The main thing is to not get fired. You are not assigned notary work for your convenience but for the convenience of others — something that notaries conveniently forget!



  1. I personally don’t trust other people’s personal info being scanned onto my iPhone.

    Comment by Roseanne — June 24, 2019 @ 4:51 pm

  2. Yes, I use CamScan to scan my (less than 10 pages) documents. It takes very good scans, crops and brightens. If I need many pages scanned, I use a traditional scanner as it’s less time consuming. Often, I can Camscan, email and ship documents all at the shipping location and using the CamScanner app helps save time and still looks professional. I did not like the idea of using my cell phone camera to scan as I give permissions to apps to access but not with the CamScan. If loan docs instructions says not to take photos of docs with the cell phone, then traditional scanning is done instead of using the CamScan.

    Comment by Karla — July 7, 2019 @ 4:06 am

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