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Certificate of Recognition

Will be awarded to students who successfully complete the following core courses: GEN 307 -- GEN 339 -- GEN 363


Today, Notary Publics are on the front line of defense against fraud. Notaries act as “trust agents” to affirmation and acknowledge the authentication of the many documents required for commercial and/or personal use before they can be used or officially recorded for any legal effect. Consequently, it is imperative that Notaries Public be solidly grounded in the education needed to understand their role, perform both basic and challenging notarial duties, and willingly learn new skills and certifications in preparation for new opportunities.

According to the American Society of Notaries, The "golden rule" of every notarial act -- whether it is paper-based or electronic -- is the physical presence of both the signer and the notary. A notary’s ability to fully evaluate the signer’s identification, develop a basic understanding of the transaction itself, and ascertain the signer's free will in doing so would be diminished by any condition other than the physical presence of the two parties.

 A Notary Public is a government appointee and public servant who serves as an impartial witness in taking acknowledgments, administering oaths and affirmations, and performing other acts authorized by state law. The overwhelming majority of the 4.4 million notaries in the US become notaries as part of their job duties or as a value-added skill on their resume. Many others choose to become notaries so they can have their own mobile notary or notary signing agent business. These individuals are independent contractors and earn money by handling mortgage signings, notarizing trust documents and performing many other tasks.

In Maryland, Notaries are appointed for renewable four year terms by the Governor. The Secretary of State maintains and regulates their appointments. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, live or work in the State of Maryland, and known be of good character, integrity, and abilities.

Program Offerings

GEN-307. Notary Public Procedures.  For both prospective and present notaries, this course will demonstrate how to prevent fraud when documents are notarized properly and legally. Topics will also include how to properly identify clients, keep adequate records of notarial acts, and charge proper fees. Instructors: Elaine Wright and Frederick Harris.

GEN-339. Applied Notary Practices and Procedures.  This course reviews notary practices and procedures for performing proper notarizations. Students will have an opportunity to sharpen their notarial knowledge through exercises in completing notarial certificates, administering verbal declarations, documenting journal entries, and spotting fake ids. Recommended: GEN-307. Instructor: Elaine Wright and Frederick Harris. 

GEN-363. Advanced Notarial Procedures.  This course provides Notaries Public with advanced notarial procedures for handling challenging situations with confidence and ease. Learn to perform all notarial requests properly and accurately and how to respond to Apostille and Medallion Signature requests. GEN-339 recommended. Instructor: Elaine Wright Harris. 

GEN-365. Annual Notary Day.  For all Notaries, Notary Signing Agents, TIPICs, and guests: You don't want to miss our sixth annual Notary Public Day for Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC!  Attendance is FREE! Highlights of the 2017 National Notary Association Conference in Dallas, Texas, will be shared. You will hear from Maryland Secretary of State Notary Division Administrator, Michael P. Schlein, and other industry leaders. Workshops by expert presenters include Notarizing in the Health Care Industry, Identity Theft Protection, The Electronic Journal, Notary Public Procedures (MD, DC, VA), The 21st Century Notary, Signing Agent Techniques, Electronic Notarization, and Becoming a Notary in MD, DC, & VA. Coordinator: Elaine Wright Harris. 

GEN-345.  Marketing Your Notarial Services.  Explore different marketing techniques to promote your notarial business. With the variety of notarial opportunities available, all notaries, notary signing agents, and licensed Maryland title insurance producers can increase their businesses by using variable techniques to capture their markets. Instructor: Elaine Wright. Not offered in FALL, 2017.

GEN-369. 21st Century Notary.  Run your home-based business like a big company using multiple smart devices, i.e. smart phone, tablets, and computers. Learn about Information Technology (IT) applications that utilize smart phones, cloud-based software that protects Non-public Personal Information (NPI) and how to synchronize data files and pictures across multiple devices.  Instructor: Donnell Smith 

GEN-367. Refresher for Notaries.  This course is designed to refresh the skills for all Notary Publics -- seasoned or novice – who perform only a few or many notarizations per month. Topics are geared to improving notary consistency and accuracy and include responding to improper requests, recording journal entries, charging the proper fees, executing the 3 most common notarizations, and understanding the Apostille process for notarizing documents going out of the country. Instructor: Elaine Wright Harris online using Blackboard (10 days/24-hour access). 

GEN-370. Guarantor of Trust: Safeguarding Information.  Notaries Public are entrusted with the responsibility to safeguard their client’s Non-Public Personal Information (NPPI) to which they have access or in their possession. This course teaches Notaries Public to assess and determine potential risks to NPPI and effective measures to mitigate or eliminate the possibility of fraud or identity theft. Information provided will enable Notaries to develop and implement a plan to protect their client’s NPPI. Instructor: Wanda Moore. 


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