How To Notarize a Document in a Few Clicks

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How To Notarize a Document in a Few Clicks

If you need to get your documents notarized for the first time, you might be confused by the whole process. While the current notarization process is outdated and usually lengthy, you have a few other options to get your contracts notarized.

DoNotPay is here to explain how to notarize documents in under five minutes. With our help, you’ll create professional contracts and have them notarized without having to go to a notary’s office.

How To Get Your Documents Notarized

The traditional process of notarizing documents goes like this—you need to:

  1. Find a notary public close to you
  2. Schedule an appointment
  3. Prepare the documents you want to get notarized (such as wills, trusts, affidavits, and real estate deeds)
  4. Go to the notary’s office
  5. Provide the notary with your ID so that he or she can verify your identity
  6. Confirm that you understand the content of the document and that you’re signing it of your own free will
  7. Pay for the notary service
  8. Sign the contract in the notary’s presence
  9. Wait for the notary to write a certificate, sign it, and mark it with a stamp

The entire process can be rather time-consuming. Should you make a minor error, the notary will reject notarizing your contract, and you’ll have to set up another appointment.

Another option is to hire a mobile notary to come to your home. This method can be expensive considering that you’ll have to cover the notary’s travel expenses.

Most people prefer having their documents notarized remotely by using one of the online notary services. While these platforms are convenient, they usually charge high fees for every notarized document.

Where To Find a Notary?

Some of the places that deal with documents that require notarization employ their own notaries. That’s why—besides visiting a separate notary’s office—you can find a notary public in multiple places, such as:

  • Banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions
  • Law offices
  • Money transfer stores
  • AAA stores
  • UPS, USPS, and other shipping companies

Most places that employ notaries—usually major banks such as Wells Fargo and Bank of America—provide free notary services to their clients.

DoNotPay Will Help You Get Your Documents Notarized Effortlessly

DoNotPay has decided to make everyone’s lives easier and develop a feature that can get your documents notarized in a few clicks. Our feature provides the convenience of other online notary services while being much more affordable. By paying a low monthly fee, you can get an unlimited number of contracts notarized and have access to all of our other features.

To get your documents notarized in a matter of minutes, do the following:

  1. Open
  2. Pick the Notarize Any Document feature
  3. Upload your document
  4. Open the email we send you and click on the link

The link will take you to a webpage where you can schedule an online appointment with a notary. During the appointment, the notary will witness your signature and verify it with a notarial certificate.

Our convenient feature can make the notarization process super easy for residents of any American state, such as:

How Much Do Notaries Charge for Notarization?

Notary fees are different in every county. While most states determine the maximum amount notaries can charge, some—such as Iowa, Maine, and Kentucky—allow notaries to decide how much to charge.

The state’s law should also define whether the notaries should charge the fee per certificate or each signature. The notary costs usually range from $0.25 to $20 unless you hire a mobile notary and need to pay for their transportation fees.

The notary you go to should inform you about the fees before the notarization process.

What Does a Notarized Document Look Like?

Once you get your document notarized, it will include:

  • The content of the original contract
  • The type of the performed notarial act—such as oath, jurat, and acknowledgment
  • A notarial certificate

The notary’s certificate should record the following info:

  • Date and location of notarization
  • Statement of the signatures’ appearance
  • Names of the signing parties
  • The notary’s name, signature, and stamp

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