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Can I charge a Notary fee for document witnesses?

When notarizing a document that requires witnesses, can the $5 fee be applied or is it only for the single principal signer? — K. E., North Carolina

The $5 fee is per principal’s signature that is notarized and may not be applied to the signatures of witnesses. You may not charge a fee for the witnesses’ signatures unless their signatures are required to be notarized.

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27 Aug 2022

Why don't I get the magazine anymore. Also, I failed to renew my NNA membership that expires in 2023 but I did renew my Notaryship. How can I renew just the NNA. Thanks

National Notary Association

02 Sep 2022

Hello. Publication of the print magazine was discontinued in 2020. However, we continue to publish in-depth features and special reports in the online National Notary Bulletin. You can find published online articles here: Please contact our Customer Care team at and they can assist you with any questions about membership renewal.

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