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Hotline Tip: Can I Charge A Travel Fee For A Notarization?

If I have to travel across the city to perform a notarization, am I allowed to charge a travel fee? If so, how do I establish the fee? –F.S., Baltimore, MD

In Maryland, Notaries may charge 31 cents per mile for travel to perform a notarial act, plus a flat fee of up to $5 (Annotated Code of Maryland St. Gov. 18-112(b) and Code of Maryland Regulations Title 1, Chapter 08, Sec. 03D). Although not required, the NNA recommends that Notaries inform the signer of this fee in advance of commencing travel.

If you hold a commission in more than one state, make sure to check the laws in those states for any applicable rules regarding travel fees.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes.– The Editors

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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