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New Indiana Notary Law Brings Higher Fees, Bonds And Education Requirements

Indiana-flag-resized.jpgAn update to Indiana’s Notary laws allows Notaries to charge higher fees and adds new training, testing and surety bond requirements takes effect July 1 of this year.

New Indiana Notary Fees

The maximum fee Notaries may charge for their services will be raised from $2 to $10 when Senate Bill 539 goes into effect in July. Notaries will also be permitted to charge a separate fee for travel to perform a notarization that may not exceed the federal travel fee guidelines established by the U.S. General Services Administration. Indiana Notaries who choose to charge a fee for their services must display a fee schedule.

Notary Training And Testing Updates
 

Under SB 539, Notary applicants must complete an education course and test administered by the Secretary of State’s office. They must also complete a continuing education course every two years.

Increased Indiana Bond Requirements

Starting July 1, the required amount for a Notary’s mandatory “assurance” (surety bond or functional equivalent) is increased from $5,000 to $25,000.

For more information, please see the NNA’s summary of IN SB 539

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

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kaylalitton2@gmail.com

09 May 2022

Can Indiana Notaries charge and admin fee or for things like courier and delivery?

National Notary Association

01 Jun 2022

“A notary public may charge a fee of not more than ten dollars ($10) per signature for each of the following notarial acts: “(1) Taking an acknowledgment. “(2) Administering an affirmation or oath. “(3) Attesting to or witnessing a signature. “(4) Taking a verification on an oath or affirmation. “(5) Attesting to or certifying a copy” (IC 33-42-14-1[a]). “A notary public may charge a reasonable fee for traveling to perform a notarial act. The travel fee requested may not exceed the federal travel fees established by the United States General Services Administration” (IC 33-42-14-1[e]). “Fees for notarial acts not described in [IC 33-42-14-1] subsection (a) are negotiable” (IC 33-42-14-1[b].

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