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Are Notaries required to accept specific types of payment?

How should Notaries get paid? Is it acceptable to decline cash or require exact change? Can Notaries use credit card readers on their phones? — S.W., Texas

How you accept payment is completely up to you, but you may want to let your clients know the forms of payment you accept prior to meeting with them so they can be adequately prepared.

Hotline answers are based on the laws in the state where the question originated and may not reflect the laws of other states. If in doubt, always refer to your own state statutes. – The Editors

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Harriet Davis

31 Mar 2022

Hello, I'm an LLC for my Notary Business. To submit verification of income should I submit my 1099 or should I submit a letter on letterhead to show my verification of income. Please reply back with an answer. It is greatly appreciated and thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

National Notary Association

07 Apr 2022

Hello. To clarify, are you referring to verification of your income for tax purposes? If so, you will need to contact a qualified tax preparer or the IRS to request instructions or for advice on your individual tax situation.

Dianne Perales

04 Apr 2022

are we (me and the client) suppose to use "blue ink" when signing the forms?

National Notary Association

05 Apr 2022

Hello. To help us answer your question, can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

Chauncey Douglas

04 Apr 2022

Can a notary; notorize papers for family members?

National Notary Association

05 Apr 2022

Hello. The answer depends on the state the Notary is commissioned in. Can you tell us what state you are in, please?

Chauncey Douglas

05 Apr 2022

State of Florida

National Notary Association

07 Apr 2022

Hello. In Florida, “A notary public may not notarize a signature on a document if the person whose signature is to be notarized is the spouse, son, daughter, mother, or father of the notary public” (FS 117.107[11]).

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