There are a handful of states that regulate travel fees which can seriously affect your income as a mobile notary. However, most states allow the notary to charge whatever they like as a travel fee. Other states require the notary to agree with the customer either before engaging in travel or before affixing the notary seal what the travel fee would be which would be prudent in any case. Arizona, Connecticut,
Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Utah, and Washington all have restrictions as to what travel fee a mobile notary can charge.
The Notary Public must fill in the notarial certificate, record the transaction in a journal, complete all required signatures and apply his or her seal to finalize the notarization. It is required that the signer of the document be present at the time of notarization. The Notary may ask questions to the signer to establish willingness and awareness of the transaction. The Notary Public must also identify the signer by asking to see a current identification document, which must contain a photograph, physical description, and a signature. The Notary Public must check for a driver’s license, state ID, passport or US military identification issued within the last 5 years. The notary must check the document for missing information, blank spaces, and ensure that the signer completes the document before it is notarized.
There is a signature by mark or by “X” procedure allowed in many states. This requires two subscribing or signing witnesses to be present, sign the journal, and each witness writes part of the signer’s name on either side of the X.
Many states require the seal and current journal in use to be kept under lock and key. Even if your state doesn’t require this, it is prudent to keep that information locked up as the journal has legal significance as it is a record of the notarization of hundreds of documents and as the seal could be used by a fraudulent person.
The notary is not allowed to give legal advice and choosing the type of notarization would constitute legal advice. A Notary is forbidden from preparing legal documents or acting as a legal advisor unless he or she is also an attorney. Violators can be prosecuted for the unauthorized practice of law, so a Notary cannot answer your legal questions or provide advice about your document.
No, the signer must personally appear before the notary public. Some states allow a Proof of Execution where another person can appear before the notary and swear that a third party signed a document.
Only if the Notary is uncertain of a signer’s identity, willingness, mental awareness, or has cause to suspect fraud. Notaries may not refuse service on the basis of race, religion, nationality, lifestyle, or because the person is not a client or customer.
An uninvolved person (someone not mentioned in the document and not a family member). Neighbors and friends are commonly used.
Yes, we bonded and background screenings. All notaries are also required to be bonded to protect the public from negligent mistakes or dishonest acts performed by the notary.
If you need to get a notarized letter, notarized form, notary services, or notarial work, please make sure that your document is fully written/complete prior to appointment booking. Please do not ask notary public questions such as legal matters or how to draft a letter.
50% of your service (deposit) will be charged. This amount is refundable. Your Notary Agent starts commuting 60 minutes prior to your appointment time to ensure promptness.
Notary Public is forbidden to prepare legal documents or provide legal advice unless he or she is an attorney. We are not attorneys. Violators will be prosecuted for unauthorized practice of the law. If you need assistance with legal advice or questions regarding your documents, please contact an attorney.
All forms of identification must be current or issued within 5 years.