FAQ – How to Become a Closing Agent or Signing Agent in Minnesota

  1. Complete the required Education
  2. Complete the required state license application. 
    Complete the re an individual Closing Agent License on the Pulseportal.com website and receive it. If you do not have a Trust Account where you will be handling funds directly, you must also submit a Trust Account Waiver Form to the MN Dept of Commerce.
  3. Obtain your Notary Commission
    Complete the Application for your Notary Commission with the Minnesota Secretary of State. Additional Commissions are required to notarize documents electronically or by Remote Online Notarization and there are many rules. While education is not a state requirement for notaries, it is strongly recommended, so that notaries know the laws, rules and the correct certificates to be used. Our Closing Agent Prelicense course includes the free 4-hour Minnesota Notary Training class, a $150 value.

About Our Course

Principles of Closing is an eight hour, online, pre-license closing procedures course that has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce for Closing Procedures and the Closing Agent License, which is required by the state for real estate closers, mobile notaries, e-notaries and remote online notaries who authenticate any real estate documents. It closely follows the curriculum required by the state under the statute. The course is available 24/7 and you can log in and log out at will, bookmarking your place as you go.
Each section is timed and must be completed in order. You will have a quiz for each section that must be passed in order to move on to the next section. This assures that you understand the material. While each section has a minimum amount of time allotted, you may take as long as you wish with each section and review it as often as you like, so long as you complete the entire course within 120 days.
At the end on the course, there is an online examination that requires a proctor, a person with no financial interest in your passing the exam, who is not a relative and who signs a prescribed Proctor Form saying they saw you take the exam with no assistance from books, notes, your computer, or any other source when taking the exam. When you have passed the exam, you must submit the proctor form, course evaluation and the last four digits of your SSN so that course completion can be submitted to the state.
Exam Results are sent to Commerce electronically. Please use your legal name, as it appears on your driver’s license.

Minnesota Closing Academy Program