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July 25, 2016

You want to get paid well as a Notary, but do you merit a good rate?

Most Notaries are complaining about how poorly they get paid and all of the headaches like fax backs, micromanagement, and hassles they have to put up with. The reason for the micromanaging and fax backs is that someone could lose their loan and their lock if there is a mistake. Notaries make mistakes more than they care to admit, especially the new ones. So, signing companies are forced to check up on Notaries. But, you’re not like those other Notaries, right? Prove it!

Most Notaries do not want to pass the 123notary certification test. They passed the NNA certification test or some other tests, but don’t want to take the trouble to pass ours. When I ask them questions over the phone, they typically try to pass themselves off as knowing it all and then fail my test miserably. For such a large group of people to be anti-knowledge is really bad. You are a professional, it behooves you to study up and know your technical data inside out. Know your Notary procedures inside out. Know your signing agent knowledge inside out. Not just some of it — all of it.

If you have signed a few thousand loans, have good connections, and are certified by several agencies, you are beginning to merit good pay. Those who are 123notary elite certified average $116 per signing which is a lot more than those who are not. Many beginners average $80 per signing, or at least that is my guestimate.

You can learn more about being a good Notary by reading the technical articles in our blog and in NNA’s blog. You can study up on your state’s handbook. There is a lot you can do to become a better Notary. Getting reviews on your listing and polishing up your notes section help your image as well. If you want to get paid well — merit the good pay and it will come.


You might also like:

What are mobile notary fees

Why are the fees offered so low you ask?

Compilation of certification posts

How to write a notes section if you are a beginner



  1. I really enjoy the flexibility that being a traveling Notary has brought to my life.

    Comment by Janice Brown — July 27, 2016 @ 3:42 pm

  2. I have closed 9000+ loans and charge a minimum of $150 for an e-docs closing

    Comment by Michael R — July 29, 2016 @ 10:23 pm

  3. I am totally agree with your point. Knowledge is the KING!

    Comment by Angelina — September 24, 2016 @ 3:17 am

  4. Thank you for all your great post, articles they are helpful and some are amazing. Jackie

    Comment by Jackie Brown — December 10, 2018 @ 5:27 pm

  5. I absolutely agree with your commentary Jeremy. I am vetted with three major title companies here in Arizona and have found my fee of $125 is no problem and most likely a savings to their customers. Most Mortgage Originators disclose on the initial LE a Notary fee of $150 minimum without even knowing if they will need a mobile notary. This is a good thing however, since the lender does not have to re disclose at the last minute when they find they actually do need the mobile notary. Have a great day.

    Comment by Sandra J Ray — December 12, 2018 @ 3:05 pm

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