How Much Does a Notary Cost?
A notary is a professional that is authorized by the public to perform certain legal procedures such as witnessing a signature or even certify documents. There are many situations in which a notary may be necessary, and many different services that a notary can offer. The cost of a notary will really depend upon the company, the amount of work that may have to be done, and other factors.
How much is it?
- On average, a notary is going to anywhere from $0 to as much as $10. More than likely, you will find that your local bank will notarize something for free as long as you are a customer of that particular bank and they have a notary on staff.
- Public companies such as FEDEx Kinkos and the UPS Store usually charge around $5 to $10 to have a single-page document notarized. Some UPS stores and professionals may charge $3 to $7 per seal.
- For example, SFBayNotary.com charges $5 per every notarized signature.
What is going to be included?
- Before the documents are signed, the notary will need to see identification from every party signing. If you fail to show your identification, the notary will not be able to notarize the documents since your ID will not match the signatures on the documents.
- Depending on the document, a notary will be able to witness you sign documents and help you sign documents. This includes helping to explain what exactly you are signing and why it is important. Before the documents are signed, the notary will review it to make sure that everything is in order. Once the documents have been signed, a notary will stamp his seal of approval, along with his notarized signature. The signature label will have a seal that proves you went to a notary public. This will make your documents more official and more likely to hold up in court if that is ever necessary.
What are the extra costs?
- If the notary has to come to your location, a delivery charge will more than likely apply. Like the document fees, many states have laws that forbid the notary from charging too much “per mile.”
- If copies have to be made, this can be anywhere from $0.10 to $0.30 per copy.
- If more than one page has to be notarized, additional fees can apply.
Steps of notarizing a document:
- This list give the general process of notarizing a document taken from Wikipedia.
- Identifying the person appearing before the notary by reference to significant proofs of evidence including passport, driving licence, birth certificate, diplomatic documents etc. The notary may have to exercise considerable ingenuity in some cases, such as in the case of holocaust victims who lack formal documentation or illegal immigrants
- Where land titles are involved or significant rights may accrue by reference to the identity, signatures may also need to be verified, recorded and compared
- Recording the proof of identity in the notarial register or protocol
- Satisfying the notary that the person appearing is of full age and capacity to do whatever is intended
- Taking an affidavit or declaration and recording that fact
- Taking detailed instructions for a protest of a bill of exchange or a ship’s protest and preparing it
- Recording the signature of the person in the register or protocol
- Taking an acknowledgment (in the United States) of execution of a document and preparing a certificate of acknowledgement
- Preparing a notarial certificate (in most other jurisdictions) as to the execution or other step
- Sealing or stamping and signing the document
- Recording all steps in the register or protocol
- Delivering the completed original to the person appearing
- In some cases, retaining a copy of the document in the register or protocol
- Charging the person appearing a fee for the service
Tips to know:
- If you are going to go to your bank, be sure to call ahead of time. You may find that some notaries are only there certain times of the week or are only available by appointment.
- Some states limit the fees that can be charged by the notary public. Make sure that you know your state’s laws so that you are not ripped off by being charged too much. Punny.org has a list of the maximums a notary can charge in that state. If you have been charged to much, contact your state to report the notaries office.
- If you plan on having the notary coming ahead of time and traveling, make sure that you get the fees ahead of time. By knowing the fees ahead of time, you will not be surprised with any unexpected charges.
How can I save money?
- As mentioned above, head to your local bank to have something notarized. Most of the time, they will be more than happy to do this for nothing.
- If you are not a customer of a local bank, many local UPS stores can perform the job as well for a slight fee. Your local UPS store should be able to do it for less than $10.