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Notarizing A Power Of Attorney?

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I have been asked to come to a nursing home to notarize a power of attorney document. Should I have the client initial each paragraph and sign the final page? Also can I charge a travel fee in addition to the mileage and notarizing fee? M.W., Capitol Heights, Maryland

While the customer definitely must sign the document on the final page below the document contents in order for you to notarize the signature, the customer should initial each paragraph only if advised to do so by an attorney.  A Notary who is not an attorney is not qualified to provide any advice for how to otherwise mark the document. As for your question about a travel fee, yes, you may charge a travel fee in addition to the statutory fee for the notarial act. Maryland allows you to charge a travel fee of 31 cents per mile plus a flat fee of $5.

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shirley hopkins

15 Jun 2015

A question, not a comment, does Texas allow a travel fee?

National Notary Association

16 Jun 2015

Hello. Texas Notary law doesn't address whether Notaries may charge a travel fee. The maximum fees that a Texas Notary may charge for a notarial act are (GC 406.024): 1. Taking an acknowledgment or proof: $6 for the first signature and $1 for each additional signature; 2. Administering an oath or affirmation, with or without a certificate/seal: $6; 3. Providing a copy of a record or paper kept in the Notary’s office: 50 cents per page; 4. Taking a deposition: $6 for the oath and certificate, plus 50 cents per 100 words; 5. Protesting for nonacceptance or non-payment, $4; protest certificate/seal, $4; each notice of protest, $1; 6. Performing any other lawful notarial act: $6.

Jeffery Northrup

15 Jun 2015

You did not answer the question. You mixed the words travel and mileage. I believe the question was if a fee for one's time could be charged in addition to the $.31 and $5.

National Notary Association

16 Jun 2015

Hello. As stated above, the Notary may also charge a mileage reimbursement of 31 cents per mile for travel required for the performance of a notarial act plus a flat travel fee of up to $5 (CMR 01.02.08.03D and ACM St. Gov. 18-112[b]).

Tami

17 Jun 2015

Is there a flat rate maximum travel charge in California? Does it depend on the type of document?

National Notary Association

17 Jun 2015

Hello. California Notary law does not address travel fees. For more information, please see this link: http://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2013/04/hotline-tip-how-much-can-i-charge-as-a-mobile-notary

Cynthia

17 Jun 2015

very interesting question. Does the same travel rule apply to Seattle, Washington? .31 cent per mile plus 5.00 flat fee along with any notary charges?

National Notary Association

18 Jun 2015

Hello. No, the amount you asked about applies to travel fees in Maryland. In Washington, a Notary may charge a travel fee when traveling to perform a notarial act if: a. The Notary and the person requesting the notarial act agree upon the travel fee in advance of the travel; and b. The Notary explains to the person requesting the notarial act that the travel fee is in addition to the notarial fee in subsection (1) of this section and is not required by law (WAC 308-30-020[4]).

bill

17 Jun 2015

Hello what about PENNSYLVANIA?

National Notary Association

22 Jun 2015

Hello. Charges for travel by a Notary aren't specified by Pennsylvania law.

Javier Daniel Garza

26 Oct 2016

what is the typical notary fee for a Medical Power of Atty in Texas?

National Notary Association

26 Oct 2016

Hello. The fee you may charge depends on the type of notarization asked for. The maximum fees that a Texas Notary or the Notary’s employer may charge for a notarial act are (GC 406.024[a]): 1. Taking an acknowledgment or proof: $6 for the first signature and $1 for each additional signature; 2. Administering an oath or affirmation, with certificate and seal: $6; 3. Providing a copy of a record or paper kept in the Notary’s office: 50 cents per page; 4. Taking a deposition: $6 for the oath, certificate, seal and other business connected with the deposition, plus 50 cents per 100 words; 5. Protesting for nonacceptance or nonpayment, register and seal, $4; each notice of protest, $1; certificate and seal to a protest, $4; protesting in all other cases, $4. 6. Certificate under seal not otherwise provided for: $6 7. Performing any other lawful notarial act: $6.

Tracey Pratt

06 Dec 2016

Hello, I am a new notary in Florida. I am wondering how to figure out my fees for POA? I'm confused on what exactly I charge for. Per signature on each page? Or just simply per page?

National Notary Association

09 Dec 2016

Hello. With the exception of marriage ceremonies, the maximum fee Notaries may charge in Florida is $10 per notarial act. (FS 117.05[2][a])

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