Background Screening – who needs it?
Notaries are never quite sure whether background checks and background screening are an important part of the industry, or just a way for the agencies who provide it to make more money. The state and DOJ screen you when you become a notary, right? You can not be a felon and still be a notary, right? So, why a redundant background check? Does it make the signing companies feel better? Do they even want it? The reality is that few companies ever ask notaries for background checks, but a few do. How much work will you lose by not being background checked?
In California or Out of California – it makes a difference
If you are outside of California, aside from getting more inches of rainfall per year, the standards for becoming a notary are different. California has been more stringent in commissioning notaries for more than a decade, than other states in the country. After 2005, it got even harder… a lot harder. Its now very difficult to become a California notary public. The test is murder, and then you need to get live scan fingerprinting (last I checked — and this is always changing), and checked by the DOJ and the FBI, and in some counties of California maybe even the KGB. Okay, maybe not the KGB, but I’m trying to illustrate how picky things are here. Nobody who is the least bit sketchy or questionable will be able to become a notary, unless they didn’t get caught yet. But, what about other states? The rules change from state to state. It is possible that many states are very lax about background checking their notaries, and in those states, maybe the NNA should background check notaries!
A popular topic on the forum
Background checks are a very popular topic on the forum simply because there is so much confusion and emotion tied to the subject. There is nothing notaries hate more than having to do something redundant. Personally, I do redundant things daily, and I don’t mind providing I’m getting a benefit from it. Others don’t see it the way I do based on these blogs.
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