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Maryland Begins Issuing "Second-Tier" Driver's Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants
Beginning on January 1, 2014

Beginning on January 1, 2014, undocumented immigrants in Maryland became eligible for "second-tier" driver's licenses, making permanent a two-tiered system first implemented in 2009 in response to the Federal REAL ID Act. For more information, Click here.
Click here read Elaine's request to MVA for information on the new driver's license information.
Click here MVA's explanation of new driver's license information.

Special Report: New Standards for Mortgage Signings- October 29, 2013
(From the November 2013 issue of The National Notary magazine) - by Michael Lewis
The collapse of the housing market and numerous other crises have caused the government to significantly increase its scrutiny of the mortgage industry. This challenging new environment is forcing lenders, title companies, signing services and others in the mortgage origination world to take a hard look at how business is done. For more information, visit NNA Notary Bulletin, October 29, 2013.

Guidelines for Notary Home Office Deduction
(1) 2012 Guidelines for Home Office Deductions   (2) Tax Information Reporting on Notary Income   (3) Tax Information - Schedule SE
(4) More tax information   (5) 4 Tips for Notaries Claiming Home Office Tax Deductions (updated 2-1-17)    

Title Producer Requirement for the District of Columbia [NSAs]
On July 2, 2010, the District enacted the Title Insurance Producer Emergency Act of 2010 (Act) as included in Act 18-0463, the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2010. The Act provides that title insurance producers and companies operating in the District of Columbia will be subject to the regulation of the District of Columbia Department of insurance, Securities and Banking (Department) effective January 1, 2011. For more information, click here.

CRESPA Certification [for NSAs] in Virginia
Virginia has particular procedures on how to become CRESPA certified. In other states it is called a signing agent but in Virginia it is called a CRESPA (Consumer Real Estate Protection Act) certification. And in order to get your CRESPA certification if you do not work for an attorney or a title agency you have to become independently licensed as a Insurance Title Agent.

"Can someone please help me understand this? I am very confused. In order to perform closings in Virginia, does one HAVE to be CRESPA certified or do you only need this if you are handling funds? Also, I read something about having to register with the Bar Association--am I reading this correctly?"

For more information and clarification on NSAs performing loan closings in Virginia, visit https://www.notaryrotary.com/archive/forum/2005/March/Crespa_Certification_for_Virginia.html.

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House Bill 1460 - Interpretation by Jeffrey Thompson, Past President, MLTA [July 2006]

Maryland's title industry has witnessed the increased presence of "witness closers" and independent contractor settlement officers. Both were not anticipated by the existing licensing law, with its corresponding bonding requirements, modeled around title companies/settlement attorneys with full time employees. To read more, click here.

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A Review of Notary Forum II Held in October, 2004

Thank you for a great Notary Forum II session. We had 80 seasoned and prospective Notaries in attendance! Excitement and anticipation were high and the messages delivered were powerful. We will work diligently to have interesting and informative forums. Listed below is a summary of Notary Forum II:

Health Documents
In The Making of a Notary Public Profession, we want to be familiar with notarization of all documents presented to us. Advanced Directives are written documents serving as a guide to future health care. Knowledge of working with these documents increases our marketability to hospitals, long-term care institutions and probate attorneys.

Assignment Tracking
Wanda Moore gave an excellent “overview” of tracking your Notary assignments. Assignment tracking of your appointments is an integral part of operating a business.

E-Loan and E-Notarization
Fred Harris presented information on e-loans and e-notarization.

Our Guest Speaker
Join me in “thanking” Mike Tracy for taking the time to speak with us about bonding insurance and how it affects us as Notaries. He did a great job and touched on many areas of interest to us. Please take the time to send me an “e-mail” (subject, “Mike Tracy”) thanking him by Friday, November 19, 2004. You may want to include in your e-mail the areas he touched upon that were of interest to you. I will print the e-mails and send it to him as a package. E-mail me at thedeskofelainewright@comcast.net.

MDLTA Class Review
Several notaries signed up for this class, which was held on Thursday, November 4, 2004 at my home. We had a great review session.

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Elaine Wright - 2009 NNA Notary of the Year
Elaine Wright's 2009 Notary of the Year NNA Introduction (to the left)
Elaine Wright's 2009 Notary of the Year Acceptance Speech (to the right)
Notary Forum XII - Free of Charge!
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Location: Prince George's Community College
Marlboro Hall, Rm 1098
Largo, Marland 20774
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Topics of Discussion
-Highlights from 2009 National Notary Association Conference - Las Vegas, NV - June 6 - 12, 2009
-Identity Manager - Are You Ready?
-video of the 2009 Notary of the Year Award presentation
-TIPIC position in jeopardy

Register for Notary Forum XII today!

Call Mary Jane Shearer, Prince George’s Community College Program Coordinator, at (301) 322-0797 or Register online using Owl Link. To Access Owl Link:

  • Go to www.pgcc.edu
  • Click on Owl Link on the Quicklinks drop down menu. (If you already have a user ID and password, log-in.)
  • Click on the Continuing Education box.
  • Follow instructions to register online.

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Maryland Title Insurance Producer Independent Contractor (TIPIC) Position in Jeopardy - July 16, 2009

Renewed efforts are underway to make Maryland an "attorney only state" for real estate loan closings.  Proposed actions include:
-termination of TIPIC licenses
-mandatory paralegal education
-increased surety bond limits
-more stringent bonding eligibility requirements

It is imperative that TIPICs present a show of concern and solidarity for the preservation of our posiiton by attending the las MIA hearing scheduled on:

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2009
Time: 5:00 PM (Plan to arrive early.)
Location: Coppin State College
Dining and Meeting Hall, Room 134
2500 West North Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21216
Parking: Free
Dress: Business Attire

If you want to testify at the public hearing, you can sign up in advance or sign up at the door. It's very important that TIPICs attend in large numbers. Click here for MIA press release, Commission To Study Title Insurance To Hold Final Public Hearing In July.

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