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Hotline Tip: How Much Can I Charge As A Mobile Notary?

New Hotline Resized 3I’ve been working as a Notary at my job for several years, and I’ve recently decided to get more out of my commission by becoming a mobile Notary. How much am I allowed to charge for a signing, if the notarization includes travel, photocopies, or other services? –C.K., Calabasas, CA

Updated 11-29-18. The question regarding Notary fees is a common one for both mobile Notaries and Notary Signing Agents alike, and there are several factors to consider when determining your fee. First, make sure you understand what your expenses are in providing Notary services. You mention several. The good news is that California’s Notary fee statute only regulates the per signature fee for notarizations, so you are free to set fees for ancillary services as you please. Since travel is one of your main expenses, you can check out the IRS website that offers a helpful reference for determining how much to charge per mile. [Business mileage for 2018 is 54.5 cents per business mile driven.]

If offering mobile Notary services, the customer still pays the standard fee for a California notarization, which is $15 per signature for a jurat or an acknowledgment. From there, you would communicate the additional costs for ancillary services clearly to your signer prior to completing the notarization.

If you want to conduct mortgage loan signings, you will be paid by a title company, escrow agency or signing service instead of a signer, and you will be paid a flat fee for all of your services. The most important advice when it comes to Notary fees is to always establish and clearly communicate the total with your client before you perform the notarization, and always carefully record the fees collected, so that you will never be accused of overcharging your clients.

 

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nikki@nchwealth.com

29 Sep 2017

Just curious about mobile notary rates

Jesi

09 Apr 2018

What is the updated recommended travel fee to charge for 2018 seeing as cost per signature has gone up to $15?

National Notary Association

09 Apr 2018

Hello. Travel fee rules may vary depending on state law. What state are you commissioned in, please?

Aly

07 May 2018

What is the updated recommneded travel fee in the state of PA?

National Notary Association

08 May 2018

Hello. At this time, Pennsylvania does not set a recommended travel fee for Notaries. The PA Department of State's website says the following: "Notaries public may charge a clerical or administrative fee for services they have provided related to the notarial act, such as copying documents, postage, travel and telephone calls. These clerical or administrative fees are not set by the Department. Such clerical or administrative fees must be customary and reasonable for the geographic area and for the service rendered. Customers should be informed prior to the notarization of a document if a clerical fee is being charged in addition to the notary public fees. The customer's receipt should itemize these fees. Clerical and administrative fees, if charged, must be separately itemized in the notary journal." (http://www.dos.pa.gov/OtherServices/Notaries/General%20Information%20and%20Equipment/Pages/Notary-Public-Fees.aspx)

alma ledezma

13 Jul 2018

how much can a nortary charge for services. such as power of attorney letter and traveling 158 miles round trip.

National Notary Association

16 Jul 2018

Hello Alma. Notarization and travel fees vary depending on your state. What state are you commissioned in, please?

Angela Malone

16 Jul 2018

What's the maximum amount that I can charge for mobile notary in the State of California?

National Notary Association

17 Jul 2018

Hello. The maximum statutory Notary fee that can be charged for a notarization in California is $15 per signature notarized. The Secretary of State's office has published guidelines in its newsletter stating that Notaries may charge separate fees for travel or other services, but the customer must be informed about these fees before the notarization takes place.

Holly Flick

13 Sep 2018

Hello. I am a newly commisionned NP in New York. What business fees may I charge, above the state mandated signing fees? I'm having a hard time finding answers. Thank you in advance for your help.

National Notary Association

13 Sep 2018

Hello. You may not charge more than the maximum fee prescribed by New York Notary law for notarizations. New York Notary law does not address guidelines for Notaries charging travel fees separate from Notary services.

Rene Smythe

28 Nov 2018

Your page is way out of date. The fee for a notarization in California is $15.

National Notary Association

29 Nov 2018

Hello. We've updated the Hotline Tip answer with the current CA fees. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Ethel rubio

06 Aug 2019

My commission is for the state of Arizona I like to know what’s the fee for miles I can charge for mobile notary services.

National Notary Association

07 Aug 2019

When traveling to perform a notarial act, in Arizona, “notaries public may be paid an amount up to the amount authorized for mileage expenses and per diem subsistence for state employees as prescribed by title 38, chapter 4, article 2” (ARS 41-316[B]). The Arizona Department of Administration determines this mileage fee through its General Accounting Office. For the latest authorized mileage fees, check the fee schedule online at www.gao.az.gov/travel.

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