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CA Notary Survey: Fee Increase Has Helped, But Most Oppose Further Price Increases

CA Notary Survey: Fee Increase Has Helped, But Most Oppose Further Price Increases

While more than one third of California Notaries said in a recent NNA survey the state’s recent Notary fee increase has helped their business, more than half of those polled added that the state should not raise the maximum fees for notarization further.

37 percent of Notaries participating in the survey said the fee increase has helped them, and 60 percent said that they are charging more for their Notary services since the new law went into effect.

However, 52 percent of respondents opposed raising Notary fees in California any further, and 59 percent said they would not support the state removing fee limits for notarizations, similar to a 2016 Kentucky law that allows its Notaries to set their own fees.

The new state law that took effect January 1 raised the maximum fee Notaries may charge in California from $10 to $15 per notarization.

The law passed with widespread grassroots support from local Notaries, who said the increase would help offset rising business costs and improve the public’s perception of Notaries as professionals.

California and Kentucky are among several jurisdictions that have raised the fees Notaries may charge in recent years, including the District of Columbia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland and Wyoming.

David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association.

 

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John Minjiras

19 Jun 2017

I feel the notary fees should have been raised to $20.00 rather than $15.00. I feel they should raise the fees higher.

Diedre

19 Jun 2017

I'm a little confused as to the logic of not removing the cap. Having the ability to charge market rate seems like a perfectly reasonable fair market practice. I work in the field of homelessness and low income housing so waiving or reducing fees would likely be a normal part of business but not being able to charge what the market will bare otherwise seems silly.

GS Peery

19 Jun 2017

$20 is a good amount in the present world of increasing insurance premiums, power bills, and office/vehicle leasing. Might even show a profit !

Eileen Roe

19 Jun 2017

Customers may balk at having to pay $15.00 per signature, especially if the husband and wife have to sign 2 or more separate forms in their paperwork package.

John Clark

19 Jun 2017

I find that the procedure can be very time consuming, especially when combing through their documents to be sure they're all signed. This is a quasi legal profession. Compare to lawyers - 200-700 dollars per hour? Please! I'd say free the fees, and let the charge be negotiated with the client, based upon the work performed.

L. Turner

19 Jun 2017

Absolutely raise the allowable fee in California! I have never understood why the fees were so paltry in the first place. Notaries Public are certifying documents, for goodness sake. Is that not a valuable service?

Mataele Finau

21 Jun 2017

I think the State of California should allow no limits to charging business entities but raise residential fees to $20 per signature. It would allow us to make a professional level salary fot business documentations!

Virginia M. Greene

23 Jun 2017

For the 23 years I have been a Notary, I have seen my re-commission fees go from $175.-$195.00 to $549.00 in 2015. I think the fees should be raised again to at least $20.00 or $25.00 to accommodate rising costs of doing any business. If Sacramento is going to require expensive Live-Scans every four years instead of using the 8 years of fingerprints already on file..then we need to be able to offset the costs of continuing as Notaries Public by increasing our fees

Dan Serbin

26 Jun 2017

I favor raising the fee to $20. or $25. as the maximum AND the minimum. In my 35. years as a Ca. Notary Public, I have been sued twice and wasn't found guilty of any type of wrong doing. To defend myself, it cost me $6,000. and $8,000 respectively. Keep in mind that we have 'unlimited liability'. Also, your E&O ins policy of up to 100,000. only will pay out $10,000. on legal fees which you have to come up with up front, and wait to get reimbursed until the case is over. If you think it won't happen to you, think again. We do not have a staff of corporate lawyers backing us up like a title company employee does. We are on our own. It s a good thing that my journal has excessive notes in it for every appointment and is more complete than my lawyer has ever seen. If you are a notary who thinks our fee is too much then you have a devalued and inaccurate view of what we do and should probably be doing something else. This is serious business I cringe every time I do a signing/ notarization. Also, be sure and save every E&O policy you have ever had because people get into cases years after your notarization was done. And yes, our fees for doing this work keep going up too.

10ksignings@gmail.com

26 Jun 2017

I favor raising the fee to $20. or $25. as the maximum AND the minimum. In my 35. years as a Ca. Notary Public, I have been sued twice and wasn't found guilty of any type of wrong doing. To defend myself, it cost me $6,000. and $8,000 respectively. Keep in mind that we have 'unlimited liability'. Also, your E&O ins policy of up to 100,000. only will pay out $10,000. on legal fees which you have to come up with up front, and wait to get reimbursed until the case is over. If you think it won't happen to you, think again. We do not have a staff of corporate lawyers backing us up like a title company employee does. We are on our own. It s a good thing that my journal has excessive notes in it for every appointment and is more complete than my lawyer has ever seen. If you are a notary who thinks our fee is too much then you have a devalued and inaccurate view of what we do and should probably be doing something else. This is serious business I cringe every time I do a signing/ notarization. Also, be sure and save every E&O policy you have ever had because people get into cases years after your notarization was done. And yes, our fees for doing this work keep going up too.

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