The average cost to hire a notary is $10 to $15 per notarized document. Additional fees typically apply for loan documents, reverse mortgages, second mortgages, additional borrowers, document printing, document delivery, mobile fees, and travel or waiting time.
Notary fees also vary by state. Each state sets its own fee schedule and the maximum allowable charge. Mobile Notaries can legally charge convenience fees on top of the state's maximum allowed notary charge.
A notary public is a government-appointed official who serves as an impartial witness in the signing of official documents, such as real estate documents, marriage-related documents, wills, and powers of attorney. The notary observes the document signing and confirms the identities of the parties signing, their awareness of the documents' contents and meaning, and their willingness to sign.
Since a notary public must confirm your identity, always bring a current, government-issued photo ID with you. In addition to your ID and the document you need notarized, you may need to bring additional parties with you to serve as witnesses. While some states allow the notary public to act as a witness, others do not. Be sure to check with the notary service near you to confirm the requirements in your state and for your specific document.
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