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Hotline Tip: How Much Am I Permitted To Charge For Notary Services?

New Hotline Resized 3Updated 9-17-18. What is the highest amount that a Tennessee Notary can charge for

notarial services? – M.H., Nashville, TN

Tennessee does not set a maximum limit for Notary fees. Effective April 6, 2015, “a notary public or the notary’s employer is entitled to demand and receive reasonable fees and compensation for the notary’s services” (TCA 8-21-1201[a]). 

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13 Oct 2014

I have a question. If notaries in TN are only allowed to charge $1 for most services (as stated above), why does UPS store charge $10 for their notary service?

National Notary Association

13 Oct 2014

Hello Holly, If you suspect that a Tennessee Notary is charging in excess of the state's maximum permitted fee, you may report it by filing a complaint with the District Attorney General in the judicial district where the suspected misconduct took place. Please see this site: for more information on how to file a complaint and for links to look up the appropriate judicial district.

Joanne Parks

27 Oct 2014

How much can you charge for a fee in Michigan

Brenda Schillaci

22 Jan 2018

The UPS store on gunbarrell charged mem$40 to notarizem4msignatures. I don’t think this is legal, then to top it off they lost my package. I’m going back to try and get a refund. I’m taking it to my bank next time where they will notarize it free.


27 Nov 2018

You can also search around for someone that charges less. In TN they can charge whatever they want, there is not a max limit.


25 Feb 2020

Is $20 excessive to motorized a will in Roane County TN?

National Notary Association

27 Feb 2020

Hello. Tennessee does not have a statutory Notary fee schedule. "... a notary public or the notary’s employer is entitled to demand and receive reasonable fees and compensation for the notary’s services” (TCA 8-21-1201[a]). As a general practice, in the absence of statutory guidelines it's a good idea to contact the signer and agree upon the amount that will be charged before the notarization takes place.


15 Aug 2021

What about Mississippi

National Notary Association

17 Aug 2021

Hello. “A notarial officer may charge a fee in an amount not to exceed Five Dollars ($5.00) for services rendered unless otherwise prohibited by law or by rules promulgated by the Secretary of State” (MCA 25-34-9). The Mississippi Administrative Rules clarify that the $5 maximum fee is per signature for an acknowledgment, jurat, or signature witnessing. For a jurat, the Rules clarify that the $5 fee is per person (Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 5, R. 50.9.1). “In addition to the fees authorized under Rule 9.01 (relating to fees for notarial acts), a notary public may additionally charge a travel fee when traveling to perform a notarial act if: “A. The notary public and the individual requesting the notarial act agree upon the travel fee in advance of the travel; and “B. The notary public explains to the individual requesting the notarial act that the travel fee is in addition to the notarial fee in Rule 9.01 (relating to fees for notarial acts) and is not required by law” (1 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 5, R. 50.9.3.B).

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