How Much Does a Notary Cost?

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Notary Cost—A Guide to Notary Fees

If you need to get a document notarized, you will probably have to pay a small fee. Notaries public don’t receive a salary from the state—they charge fees for notary services instead.

If you’re searching for the answers to the questions regarding notary costs and processes, this guide is for you. DoNotPay will explain how to notarize a document and offer the best solution to create various contracts.

How Much Does a Notary Cost?

The cost of a notary varies from county to county. Each state has different laws when it comes to the notary fee. Some states establish the maximum amount that notaries can charge, while some allow notaries public to set their own prices.

The states in which the notaries can decide how much to charge are:

  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Alaska
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Tennessee
  • Maine

The law can also state whether a notary should charge a fee per signature—like in California and Pennsylvania—or per certificate, like in Colorado and New Jersey. Notaries are obligated to inform the clients about the fees before notarizing the documents.

The standard notary public costs usually vary from $0.25 to $20, and those include the notarization of the following documents:

Notaries can charge much more for the home loan signing—up to $100—because it requires more work. Mobile notaries usually charge additional fees for travel costs. While some states determine the maximum travel fees, most of them leave it up to the notaries to decide.

Some of the states that have the highest notary fees (up to $10 per certificate) are:

A notary who charges more than it’s allowed by the law will be suspended. They can also face charges.

Can You Avoid Paying Notary Fees?

Even though standard notary fees aren’t high, the costs can add up quickly for people who get their documents notarized frequently. If you’d like to save some money on notarization, one of the best strategies is to find out whether your bank offers notary services.

Since banks deal with documents that require notarization daily, most of them employ notaries public. You could check if your bank has a notary in a branch that’s close to you so that you can get your documents notarized there. Banks don’t charge notarization to their clients, so you’ll save some cash.

Ways To Get Your Documents Notarized

You can get your documents notarized in two ways—in person or by using one of the online notary services.

Should you choose to have your contracts notarized the traditional way, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Find a notary in your area
  2. Schedule an appointment
  3. Prepare the documents
  4. Head over to the notary’s office

The notary will:

  • Verify your identity and that of other signing parties
  • Witness the signing of a document
  • Determine if all parties know the contents of the contract
  • Ensure no one was forced to sign the document
  • Verify the authenticity of the signatures by marking the document with a notary stamp and signing it

If you make a minor error—such as signing the contract in advance—or forget your ID, you will need to repeat the entire process.

The traditional notarization method is usually time-consuming. That’s why many people prefer using online notary services. Even though this can be a practical solution, online notary platforms are usually expensive.

Save Time and Money—Have Your Contracts Notarized With DoNotPay

If you don’t feel like wasting hours on the current notarization process and going to the notary’s office, DoNotPay has a solution for you. We will help you have all of your contracts notarized in a few clicks. Here’s how our feature works:

  1. Sign in to your account
  2. Select our Notarize Any Document feature
  3. Upload the contract in question
  4. Open the link we send you via email

The link will enable you to set up an appointment with a notary who will witness the signing and verify the authenticity of your signature virtually. As opposed to using other online notary services, you won’t break the bank with DoNotPay. Paying a small monthly fee will give you access to all of our features, which is super affordable.

With our help, you can get your documents notarized remotely in any American state, including:

The Fastest Way To Draw Up Documents Is With DoNotPay

goes one step further in helping you deal with bureaucratic problems. We have come up with a user-friendly feature that will help you draw up a myriad of documents, such as:

Business ContractsReal Estate DocumentsOther Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Bill of Sale
  • Independent Contractor Agreement
  • Non-Compete Agreement
  • General Business Contract
  • LLC Operating Rules Document
  • Residential Lease Agreement
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  • Intent To Purchase Real Estate
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The Notarize Any Document feature is integrated with our Documents feature. This means that you can both create a contract and get it notarized in one place!

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