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How Much Does a Notary Public Cost?

 
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A notary public is a licensed public officer, usually licensed through the Secretary of State in the notary's home state, who performs specific functions including administering oaths and certifying and authenticating documents. Typical notarized documents include documents associated with the sale and transfer of property, contracts of various kinds, powers of attorney, or documents relating to immigration. Notaries public typically serve four-year terms. Notarial acts are typically marked with a stamp or an embossed mark on documents

Typical costs:

  • Most states have maximum fees notaries public can charge. The fees are typically capped at $2-$10 per page or $5-$10 per notarial act. For example, Utah[1] set a $5 maximum fee per page for a certified copy, $5 per signature for an acknowledgment, and $5 per person for an oath. In New York[2] , a maximum fee of $2 is set for any act a notary public performs except oath of office, which must be done for free. The American Society of Notaries maintains up-to-date information on each state's requirements[3] . Notaries public generally charge the maximum allowable in each state.
  • Electronic notarization services are available in several states, including Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Utah. According to the American Society of Notaries, states that allow electronic notarization typically do not have standard fee schedules in place so pricing can vary wildly. World Wide Notary[4] , which has agreements in place with some states for electronic notarization, typically charges $0.20 per page for signed documents.
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What should be included:
  • Typically, notary public services are required for the signing and certification of documents. A notary public will be on hand to officially watch customers sign documents. In most cases, a form of picture identification is required to complete the transaction.
Additional costs:
  • Notaries public can charge travel fees. Typically travel fees are based on the distance a notary public travels. Expect travel fees of $50-$75.
Discounts:
  • Local banks and credit unions sometimes offer free notary services. For example, Weber Credit Union[5] , which has branches in Utah, offers free notary services to its members; $3 for the general public.
  • Local public libraries sometimes offer free or low-cost notary services. For example, the Urbana Free Library, in Illinois, offers free notary public services to the community.
Shopping for a notary public:
  • The American Society of Notaries has a notary locator[6] , including requests for specific criteria.
  • Notary Rotary[7] , an online notarial resource, offers a find-a-notary service.
  • The National Notary Association[8] outlines typical notarial acts including authenticating documents and certified copies of documents.
  • Notaries public can be found in several national chains such as the UPS Store and Bank of America[9] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.asnnotary.org/?form=stateinfo&statecode=UT
  2.  www.asnnotary.org/?form=stateinfo&statecode=NY
  3.  www.asnnotary.org/?form=stateinfo
  4.  www.wwnotary.com/products.html#dn
  5.  www.webercu.com/services/notary.php#
  6.  www.asnnotary.org/?form=locator
  7.  www.notaryrotary.com/agent/find_a_notary.asp
  8.  www.nationalnotary.org/resources_for_notaries/what_is_a_notary/what_are_notarial_acts.html
  9.  locators.bankofamerica.com/locator/locator/LocatorAction.do
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