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Notary Fee

Function: noun

A Notary Fee is the fee that a notary charges for their notary services. To find out your state's maximum notary fees, please visit the "Find a Notary Public" link and then click on the name of your state. Notaries who travel to the location of their customer often charge a travel fee in addition to their notary fees. Each state has a maximum allowable fee for specific notary acts. It is illegal for a notary to charge more than the maximum allowed notary fees.

Notary Signing Agents have a different fee structure. They would charge a set fee per signing. Some notary signing agent's would have a fixed fee, while others might charge differently depending on how involved or far away the signing was. Signings that involve e-documents or e-notarizations are commonly billed at a higher rate. Mobile notary signings typically involve a travel fee. Most state governments allow notaries to charge any travel fee they want, but there are about eight states with travel fee restrictions including AZ, NV, and NH among others. AZ only allows a notary to charge what the state mileage rate is for travel which is not enough to make any type of living.

Fees for regular notary acts range from 25 cents for a Jurat in Rhode Island to $10 for an acknowledgment in Florida or California. Each state has its own fee structure for notarial acts and the fees range from extremely low to extremely high. Many notaries find it difficult to make a living given the tiny fees they are awarded. It could be speculated that fee structure for some states is based on how prices were decades ago.

Another interesting point is that some states allow a notary to charge for each notarized signature, while others allow the notary to charge a fee for each time he/she affixes his/her official notary seal.

Please see our blog articles about How much do notaries charge?

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