Every state of the union has different policies and procedures regarding notary publics and the services they can provide and charge for. Read on to learn about the different services notaries can charge for.
Notarizations In general, notaries can charge a set amount per Notarized signature for acknowledgements and jurats. (the most commonly used notarial forms.) If you have a 20 page document, with 16 signature lines but only one that needs to be notarized, the notary can only charge you for ONE notarization. If there are two signers for the same notarized document, the notary will charge for two notarizations. Unscrupulous notaries have been known to charge for each signature, notarized or not. Don’t be taken!
Copies Notaries can certify copies of certain documents for specified fees. Some states allow notaries to certify copies of POWERS OF ATTORNEY only. Other state laws allow copy certification of other documents as well. The notary must have in front of her both the original document and the copy for comparison purposes. Many notaries will simply make their own copy and certify that copy rather than read and compare each word with the original. Notaries may also provide copies of Notary journal entries. In many states, notaries are required to keep a journal of all notarial acts. Anyone in the general public may request a copy of the journal entry provided they make the request including specific information in writing.