Notary Blog – Signing Tips, Marketing Tips, General Notary Advice – 123notary.com Control Panel

August 16, 2017

Let’s stop undercutting each other….

Filed under: Carmen Towles,Popular on Linked In — admin @ 11:45 pm

I won’t name names. I don’t do that. You know who you are. But once again, it has come to my attention that someone in my area is undercutting our fees for general notary work. In our area (Los Angeles) most of us have fees that are pretty much unified. Fees generally will only vary by type of assignment (loan, general notary work, etc) and any special requests. But we have a defector, lol. Maybe they don’t know that they are selling themselves short. Maybe they don’t know that they can get and are worth more. But 25.00 travel fee is VERY low for the Los Angeles/Santa Monica area. Just think of the time, traffic and gas. Think of what it costs you just to be a notary and stay in business. You can’t make any money at that rate. Every state and county will be different. But, no matter your area if if you all stick together everyone wins.

I remember on 3 occasions in the late 90’s, I needed to have mobile/traveling notary services for my ailing mother. I was not a notary public at this time. All the notaries that we used (who didn’t even know each other btw) charged 50 travel fee. That was over 15 years ago. Currently, most of us are at 60.00 for travel.with a few others even higher at 75.00 just for travel. IMO, this is quite modest considering, time and gas, wear and tear on your vehicle. Remember people time is money. Ask yourself what is your time worth? If you need the service, the convenience of having a notary to come to you at your connivence is ‘priceless’. I know this to be true as my clients tell me this daily. They love and appreciate it. Know your worth and your value. I know mine.

Think about it…


You might also like:

A compilation of posts about Notary pricing

Comedic pricing from Apo-steal-of-a-deal to Zilch



  1. I totally agree, I am in Bakersfield and the fact that other Notaries mainly, I believe the newbies are undercutting the prices and causing the experienced notaries to not get work.

    Comment by Linda — May 9, 2018 @ 7:23 pm

  2. Not only do some notaries cut travel fees, but they cut the $15 signature fee. Auto club gives their customers a discount. I feel the signature fee should never be cut under any circumstances. We are the best paid notaries in the country. We’ve waited over 20 years for the raise. Why are large companies trying to keep us from earning that fee by undercutting it for their customers?

    Comment by Gloria — May 10, 2018 @ 9:54 pm

  3. We have the pricing issue in Florida.

    Comment by Josette Kimbrell — May 13, 2018 @ 3:19 am

  4. Gloria, that is because they are driven by profit. Their mission in life is to see how much of our money they can put in their pocket.

    Comment by Carmen Towles — March 6, 2019 @ 10:59 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *