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Hotline Tip: How Do I Charge For A Document Containing No Notarial Wording?

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I just performed a notarization in which the document’s first page contained a sworn statement, but no notarial wording. Although the instructions requested my client’s signature and compelled her truthfulness, there was no specific notarial wording or indication that I had to administer an oath or affidavit. It simply stated that it must be signed in a Notary’s presence. Since there was no indication that I had to administer an oath or any notarial act, I assumed there would be no charge.

The second page contained a straight-forward acknowledgment, for which I charged $10. Does this sound appropriate? – C.T., Burbank, CA

Yes, you were correct to only charge for the acknowledgment.

Kelle Clarke is a Contributing Editor with the National Notary Association.

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