The NNA appears to have created a monopoly with their bedfellows in the industry in regard to the standards needed to be approved to work with the major lenders. $$$$ CSA hype, yearly background checks, and the lack of demand for fair pay for notaries. I called them on these tactics years ago as well.
It seems deceptive to not inform the borrower that the notary fee is not going entirely to the Notary Public. Let's have some real truth about that scam. The notary fee on the loan documents is the fee we earn for taking all of the legal risks, and expenses, but I digress.
Now the NNA wants their sweaty hands on the virtual notary market.....I am sure they will figure out a way to be the only providers of the software needed to notaries AND a hefty charge to run a required facial scan as another added background check every year to be a CSA as well.
I have NEVER seen the NNA help to support the thousands of notaries that are hoodwinked by signing companies that habitually rip them off by not paying the (undisputed) fees agreed upon. MortgageDocs.com and Precision Notary Services come to mind as two companies that just slammed shut their doors and owe me money. These companies open and close and open shop again like a jack in the box, but you never hear a peep from the NNA trying to warn or protect their members. It is on sites like this that we have to self educate.
I would love to see the NNA lobby to pass legislation to make it a federal or even state level crime to refuse to pay a commissioned state officer (Notary Public) on a signing that the notary successfully closed. More directly for non-payment for any notarial act related to real property.
Or lobby for an extensive background check (including past professional enterprises) is run yearly on signing companies Agents of Service and CEOs. I found one company that has a CEO attached to years of suspended business dealings in CA.
How about the signing companies being required to open an escrow account that holds at least 10% of their yearly gross sales, so we can get paid? Sorry, I have never been burned before now for payment so I am appalled at the lack of legal recourse.
When notaries are subjected to membership fee's and more $$$ in order to be accredited by one group, and one group only- meaning that group actively collaborates and sets the standards to approve our right to work with the lenders. I think that makes it feel more like notaries are paying union due's and not a membership to a not-for-profit association that cares about the collective as a whole. I do not think publicly commissioned officers should be subjected to what can feel like a pay for play landscape.
Humm, the NNA....They appear very thirsty when it comes to making that dollar off our backs.