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How Do Your State's Notary Fees Compare To Other Regions?

Starting January 1, 2017, California is increasing the fees Notaries may charge for their services. Nationwide, Notary fees are all over the place. So how much do Notaries make in your state compared to Notaries in other parts of the country? Below is a chart summarizing the maximum fee each U.S. state allows for the most common notarial acts.

State Acknowledgments Jurats
Alabama $5 $5
Alaska No fee schedule
Am. Samoa $10 per signature $10 per signature
Arizona $2 per signature $2 per signature
Arkansas $5 $5
California $10 per signature ($15 as of Jan. 1, 2017) $10 per signature ($15 as of Jan. 1, 2017)
Colorado $5 $5
Connecticut $5 $5
Delaware $5 $5
DC $5 $5
Florida $10 $10
Georgia $2 $2
Guam $10 first two signatures; $8 each additional signature $10 first two signatures; $8 each additional signature
Hawaii $5 original+one duplicate, $2.50 for each duplicate after $5 for orginal and four copies, $2.50 for each extra copy
Idaho $2 $2
Illinois $1 $1
Indiana $2 $2
Iowa No fee schedule
Kansas No fee schedule
Kentucky No fee schedule
Louisiana No fee schedule
Maine No fee schedule
Maryland $4 $4
Massachusetts No fee limits for acknowledgments or jurats.
Michigan $10 $10
Minnesota $5 $5
Mississippi $5 $5
Missouri $2 $2
Montana $10 $10
Nebraska $5 $2
Nevada $5 for first signature, $2.50 for each additional signature $5 per signature
New Hampshire $10 $10
New Jersey $2.50 $2.50
New Mexico $5 $5
New York $2 $2
North Carolina $5 $5
North Dakota $5 $5
Northern Marianas $2 $2
Ohio $2 $2
Oklahoma $5 $5
Oregon $10 $10
Pennsylvania $5 first signature; $2 for each additional signer $5
Puerto Rico Fees vary depending on act
Rhode Island $1 25 cents
South Carolina $5 per signature $5 per signature
South Dakota $10 $10
Tennessee No fee schedule
Texas $6 first signature; $1 each additional signature $6
US Virgin Islands $5 $5
Utah $5 $5
Vermont 50 cents 50 cents
Virginia $5 $5
Washington $10 $10
West Virginia $5 $5
Wisconsin $5 $5
Wyoming $5 per signature $5 per signature

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John Minjiras

28 Nov 2016

Notary fees for all states should be $25.00 per signature. The present fee schedule is disgraceful in 90% of the US. Why would anyone bother to be a notary in states like Vermont or Rhode Island--- hope it improves.

Lori Lincoln

28 Nov 2016

I learned that the low fee was to ensure that notary services were inexpensive enough to be affordable for everyone.

Jessica Young

28 Nov 2016

So are these fee per document or per signature? I see some say per signature so are we to assume the rest is per document?

National Notary Association

28 Nov 2016

Hi Jessica. Some state laws use different wording-some states say "per signature" in their laws, while others say "per notarization" or "per notarial act" for example. Always follow the laws for your own state.

Alan Friedland

28 Nov 2016

I couldn't make a living if I couldn't charge a mobile fee. Most notaries are Mobile Notary & work out of their car in order to make a living.

Norma Campbell

28 Nov 2016

I agree the low fees are a disgrace. If it weren't for the travel fee that I am allowed to charge I wouldn't be a notary anymore. They need to increase the fees in most states.

Martha

28 Nov 2016

Given that there *are* limits - MD is $4 - how are notaries able to charge over 100 in MD?? I charge 4 per signature.

Dan Lovejoy

28 Nov 2016

Question for those without a set fee. How do you set your fees? Question for those with very low fees. It doesn't seem to be worth it to be a notary, how do you make money being a notary? Are you able to add on costs beyond the notary fee to make it worth the time and trouble? I live in Hawai'i, and just renewed my notary. It was $143 for the renewal, another $40 for the bond and another $300 for the E&O insurance. I'm not a traveling notary, and can't change the price, so it will take me about 97 notaries to break even. I've written my state representatives requesting a more equatable fee schedule, but I don't expect much action on their part.

Norma Campbell

28 Nov 2016

I agree the low fees are a disgrace. If it weren't for the travel fee that I am allowed to charge I wouldn't be a notary anymore. They need to increase the fees in most states.

Eileen Wood

28 Nov 2016

Nevada's notary fees haven't increased in decades, but the state has increased the costs of becoming an notary. First it institute a training class for new notaries, then decided that ALL notaries must take the class in order to renew. That's an additional $45, plus the bond, plus the application, plus the fee to file the bond at the County Recorder's office. All up, including the stamp and book, in Las Vegas, it costs close to $200 to become a notary. All to make $5 for a signature. The travel fees help, but the fee schedule for that is so complicated it's not worth even trying to figure out if you only occasionally do mobile notaries.

Linda

28 Nov 2016

Martha, notaries that charge $100 are likely notarizing loan documents and are Licensed Title Insurance Producer Independent Contractor (TIPIC). This is a negotiated fee between the TIPIC and the signing company. For more information about TIPIC requirements, go the Maryland Insurance Commission website. Let me know if this was helpful

EDNA MCCAUL

28 Nov 2016

what kind of money can I expect being a Mobile signing agent?

National Notary Association

30 Nov 2016

Hi Edna. It depends on many factors, including the demand for notarization services in your area, the distance you are willing to travel and the hours you are available. The following article has some tips for making a successful living as a mobile Notary: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2015/01/creating-successful-mobile-notary-business

Alan Jorgensen

29 Nov 2016

The requirements to be a notary are different in each state. Some state don't require background checks and some can apply online with little training and testing. I agree there should be better fees, but only if the requirements to be a notary are strengthened.

RALPH NICOSIA

29 Nov 2016

I think the State's Notary Fees should increase to at least $5.00 per signature. People have been complaining that it is very difficult to find a Notary when you need one.

Denise Varallo

30 Nov 2016

The notary fees are pitiful. How is one supposed to get by?

Ivan

30 Nov 2016

Is it, here in California $10.00 per Notary signature or $10.00 for each each signature the notary is certifying.

National Notary Association

30 Nov 2016

Hello Ivan. In California the current maximum fee is $10 per signature notarized. Please note that the fees are changing in January 2017. Please see this article for more information: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2016/08/ca-notaries-get-raise-15-fee

Brenda

01 Dec 2016

I am mobile and a loan sigining agent as well. Thats the way to go to make ends meat as a notary.

Peter Pedersen

01 Dec 2016

The fees are criminally low except thr no fee schedule. Its no wonder you cant find notaries when banks close etc. New price reforms for a very risky job. Especially if the ckiente is scandalous for getting documents etc notarized. TLC insurance your notary stam or notary embosser. The time it takes to do it and to make sure it's right it's just not worth it LSU to mobile or other notary task such as Market signings but many states don't allow you to do it legally. If people can flip over and get $15 and ours certainly no reason should be able to get at least that much personalization for certain types of documents and at least 10 to 12 or any other type of Peru notarisation or document. Better yet I like that you know fee schedule is too many rest and too much drama to put up pictures a couple bucks r notarization

Ann Krawczyk

01 Dec 2016

I believe that Notary Fees are much too low $25 would make much more current

Nancy

19 Jan 2017

I am a notary in RI. I don't charge anything for my services so it doesn't matter to me what the fee is for the state. I am not in it to make money just trying to help. I don't do a large volume of notarizing but I think the fees should stay low.

Jerome

21 Jan 2017

$15 for a notary signature in california!!!? Seriously, does notarizing a document more work than a barber's? Ridiculous!!! Just because you want to make a living doesn't mean you can charge what ever you want. Glad the banks are offering free notary service!!!

Jerome

21 Jan 2017

$15 for a notary signature in california!!!? Seriously, does notarizing a document more work than a barber's? Ridiculous!!! Just because you want to make a living doesn't mean you can charge what ever you want. Glad the banks are offering free notary service!!!

Lori

16 Feb 2017

I paid to take the test to be notarized and I also paid for my notary stamp. ( I was required to do so by my place of employment). In the state of Ohio, charging $2 hasn't even covered the cost of taking the test to be notarized and purchasing my supplies. So, as mentioned above, who would want to be a notary public?

johnmccomb1@aol.com

16 Feb 2017

The notarization fees are just that: a maximum to charge for verifying/acknowledging a clients signature. However, when running a business your fees for printing/travel/and explaining other documents are within your scope to charge as the market will bear. Don't be intimidated from charging a well deserved business fee for your hard work.

Wayne Brunelle

06 Apr 2017

If our state wants their hands controlling how much I charge for notarial services on the lame excuse that by doing so allows all people access to a notary regardless of their ability to pay, then the state should also control how much attorneys charge for the exact same lame reason. If the state pays my business expenses and for food for my family, then I would welcome the state dictating how much I can charge for my services.

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