The Utah Land Title Association, an association of title and escrow companies in Utah, which has taken an active role in providing education to our industry on best business practices, issued an Important Notice to its members about the Utah Insurance Department’s position on mobile notaries.
In essence it states is if you are a notary and have been conducting real estate closings/signings in Utah (unless you have a Utah escrow license and are part of a title company) then you are performing escrows in violation of Utah law. The Department will be providing “wake up calls” to stop this practice. This will be in the form of an official Order to Cease and Desist, that could then be followed up with an enforcement action to suspend or revoke the notary’s license. The Department stated it already has several cases in process and we expect there will be many more in the immediate future……so BEWARE!!!