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Are there restrictions where I can advertise Notary services?

Am I able to post an ad on Google that lets people know that I am a commissioned Notary Public?J.W., California

Yes, you may advertise on Google. California’s restrictions on advertising is specific to the information you are advertising, not the method.  When advertising, only promote the services you are permitted to perform as a Notary Public.

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Rhonda Lippencott

08 Sep 2020

The Patriot Act form is to be completed for all signers on the loan. When you have a non-borrowing spouse the non-borrower information is not to be completed as they are not obtaining credit/loan from the lender. It is a violation of HIPPA to disclose the non-borrowers information, however, several title companies require the information. Please advise how we are to inform the title/mortgage companies this is a violation and we are not to complete the form.

National Notary Association

08 Sep 2020

Based on what you’ve described, we think it would be best if you contacted our Hotline team by phone and provided them with a more detailed description of the situation. The NNA Hotline: 1-888-876-0827 Mon – Fri: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (PT) Saturday: 5:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PT) If you’re not an NNA Member or Hotline Subscriber, they will provide you with a one-time courtesy call.

Dawn Thomas

12 Sep 2020

I would like to see a reply to this question. I have purchased a home with my husband and was not on the loan yet the title company was requesting all of my information as well.

08 Apr 2021

Same question as the article, but for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Thank you.

National Notary Association

09 Apr 2021

Hello. While Virginia does not restrict where Notaries can advertise, the state does have the following restrictions regarding advertising content using foreign-language terms: "A notary public shall not assume, use, or advertise the title of ‘notario,’ ‘notario publico,’ or ‘licenciado,’ or a term in a language other than English that indicates in such language that the notary is authorized to provide legal advice or practice law, unless such notary public is authorized or licensed to practice law in Virginia” (COV 47.1-15.1).

11 Dec 2022

Is there a law that prohibits Notaries to give subscriptions to customers in California?

National Notary Association

14 Dec 2022

Hello. Effective January 1, 2017, the maximum fees that a California Notary may charge for a notarial act are: Notarizing a signature, either by acknowledgment, proof or jurat: $15 per signature of principal (GC 8211[a] and [b]); Administering an oath or affirmation, apart from a jurat: $15 per person (GC 8211[b]); For all services rendered in connection with taking a deposition: $30, plus $7 for the oath and $7 for the certificate (GC 8211[c]); For certifying a copy of a power of attorney, $15 (GC 8211[e]); For a photocopy of a journal entry: $0.30 per page (GC 8206[c]). You may not charge your customers an amount for notarizing that exceeds these statutory limits.

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