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September 7, 2018

Introducing the 2019 Notaries!

Filed under: Andy Cowan — admin @ 7:30 am

Introducing the 2019 Notaries!

Trade in your old worn out notaries, everybody. They’re so last year. The new models are arriving with more exciting options than ever!

Forget driving customers crazy by misinterpreting notary law or explaining options to them versus choosing. The new 2019s are… SELF-driving customers crazy!

The new models don’t give the signer the choice between an oath and an affirmation. They always choose affirmation, to automatically not offend the politically correct.

The new models can notarize in reverse, which is handy if you have a reverse mortgage.

The old models were slow in accelerating but very good at braking. The new models go from zero to sixty signings in 2.3 seconds.
With the 2019s, you can enjoy the luxury of leaving drinks on a table during a signing without leaving those telltale rings that could annoy your client. The new models include cupholders for those drinks!

The old models needed witnesses to observe the execution of a document. All the new models need is Siri.

The 2019s have more horsepower of attorney.

The 2019 notaries automatically brake when the signer slows down.

The 2019s no longer just affix seals to documents. They beam them there.

And fake signature alerts are standard on all ‘19s.

If you want your documents automatically signed, sealed and delivered… you’ll have to wait for the ‘20s!

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September 1, 2018

How much does a Notary cost in 2018 & 2019?

Filed under: Public Interest — Tags: — admin @ 11:04 am

How much do Notaries charge?
How much can a Notary charge?
How much is a Notary?

Notary fees are regulated by the laws of the various fifty states. So, each state has a different rate that a Notary can charge and a different procedure for a Notary to get a Notary commission. In addition to charging officially designated maximum Notary fees, many Notaries on our directory travel to their clients and charge travel fees in addition to waiting fees if you keep them waiting too long. It is common for Notaries to have a fixed price for loan signing packages that range from $75 to $150 per signing which is a price that might include printing eDocuments. But, let’s try to give you a better idea of what particular states offer as Notary fees.

Please keep in mind that there are also fees for Oaths & Affirmations which are done in all states that I am aware of. There are also more obscure Notary acts done in particular states that are not done in all states.

How much can an Alabama Notary charge?
$5 for an Acknowledgment or Jurat.

How much can an Alaska Notary charge?
There is no set fee but I heard that in remote areas Notaries get paid in moose or salmon (generally fresh).

How much can an Arizona Notary charge?
An AZ Notary may charge $10 per Acknowledgment (for the first signer) and $10 per Jurat.
Fees changed as of March 2018 up from $2 per signature.

How much can a California Notary charge?
A California Notary Public may charge $15 per Acknolwedged signature or per Jurat. There are other types of fees, but those are the most common.

How much can a Florida Notary charge?
A Florida Notary Public may charge $10 per Acknowledgment, however the price is fixed no matter how many signatures are on the notarized document. Jurats would also be $10.

How much can an Illinois Notary charge?
An Illinois Notary may charge a whopping $1 per Acknowledged signature or for a Jurat.

How much can an Indiana Notary charge?
$2 per Acknowledgment or Jurat

How much can a Maryland Notary charge?
A Maryland Notary may charge $4 per Acknowledgment or Jurat

How much can a Michigan Notary charge?
A Michigan Notary may charge up to $10 per Jurat or Acknowledged signature.

How much can a Minnesota Notary charge?
Generally $2 per Acknowledgment or Jurat

How much can a New Jersey Notary charge?
A New Jersey Notary can charge $2.50 per Acknowledgment, Jurat, or Oath

How much can a New York Notary charge?
A New York Notary may only charge $2 per Acknowledged signature or Jurat or for each sworn witness.

How much can a North Carolina Notary charge?
A North Carolina Notary may charge $5 per principal signature on an Acknowledgment or Jurat.

How much can a Pennsylvania Notary Public charge?
A Pennsylvania Notary may charge $5 for the first Acknowledged signature and $2 for each subsequent signature. Jurats are $5 per piece.

How much can a Texas Notary charge?
A Texas Notary Public may charge $6 for the first Acknowledged signature and $1 for each additional plus $6 for administering an Oath.

How much can a Virginia Notary Public charge?
A Virginia Notary may charge $5 for each Acknowledged signature or Jurat.

HELP, my state was not on the list…
No problem, just click on the FIND A NOTARY link and look up your state. We have pricing for all states documented in our website.

NOTE: Prices are subject to change. If our pricing has become outdated for any particular state, do not comment on this blog, rather, email us at info@123notary.com and politely inform us of the price change.

For states not mentioned or updates in the future, please refer to
https://www.nationalnotary.org/file%20library/nna/knowledge%20center/outside%20pdfs/state-notary-fees-chart.pdf

You might also like:

See our information about Acknowledgments (string)
http://blog.123notary.com/?s=acknowledgment

Index of posts about general Notary information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20264

Basic Notary acts
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19500

What does a Notary cost in 2016?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18778

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March 28, 2010

2019 TWEETS

Filed under: Popular on Twitter — admin @ 7:44 am

MARCH 2019 TWEETS

Snapdocs — racially disproportionate
Have you noticed that in a country that is 12% black, that Snapdocs is more than 20% or down south more like 80% black? Ooops, I meant to say, “African-American.”

Snapdocs… racially disproportionate

Bostonians visit Los Angeles and describe their visit
If you think mimicking a Boston accent is hard, try typing it and omitting all of the r’s.

Bostonians visit Los Angeles and describe their visit

A testimonial about 123notary from Marcie

A testimonial about us from Marcie

What makes a p#10 preferential listing do well on 123notary?

What makes a p#10 preferential listing do well on 123notary?

Feast or famine in the notary industry
On Notary Cafe, a small minority of the Notaries get 90% of the work. Hmm. Why is it that way?

Feast or famine in the Notary industry

A list of things you probably forgot to put in your notes.
How thoroughly did you document your experience? Did you mention a catchy phrase? How about special skills?

A list of things you probably forgot to put in your notes section

So, the mobile notary well has gone dry.
Did another well or go find a new place.

So the Mobile Notary Well has gone Dry

To do well with a high placed listing, you need 6000 loans signed.
If you lack experience, go get some. You won’t rake in the bucks unless you have knowledge, reviews, and experience and can prove it too.

To do well with a high placed listing, you need 6000 loans signed

Which analytics get you more clicks and why? A change in the 123notary analytics system. We’re giving reviews more weight, but communication skills take the cake.

Which analytics get you more clicks and why? A change in the 123notary analytics system.

A tour of Notary cafe reveals that business is slow based on job stats.

A tour of Notary Cafe reveals that business is slow based on job stats

High placed listings — which ones get more clicks and why?
Which is worse, arguing with Jeremy or interrupting you. The click stats reveal an intriguing answer or interpretation.

High placed listings – which ones get more clicks and why?

Is it a Federal crime to make a photocopy of a military ID card?

Is it a Federal crime to make a photocopy of a military ID card?

Marriage therapy for Notaries
She always nags me about my signature. How does his signature make you feel?

Marriage therapy for Notaries

How do I find a German speaking Notary Public?

How do I find a German speaking Notary Public?

Wells Fargo Power of Attorney Form

Wells Fargo Power of Attorney Form

Dr. Phil moderates dispute: Notaries vs. Signing Companies
The Notaries are tired of low-ball fees. But, the signing companies want better Notaries.

Dr. Phil moderates dispute: Notaries vs. Signing Companies

Blog topics on customer feedback.
When to report someone to the FBI, SOS, or KGB. And also what to do with Notaries who don’t administer Oaths when legally required.

Blog topics based on customer feedback…

Tips for people in Native American reservations to prosper
Farming, solar power, marketing, manufacturing and more. Having lots of cheap land can be used to your advantage.

Tips for people in Native American reservations to prosper

Will and Grace – the mini notary seal
Jack wants to get an outfit, but an outfit for his little dog or his seal? He wants to be a notary so he can meet cute guys.

Will & Grace — the mini notary seal

Why you shouldn’t use an online Notary.
It is less secure and opens up more opportunities for fraud or identity theft. Why expose yourself?

Why You Shouldn’t Use an Online Notary

Snapdocs: When the texts stop

Snapdocs: When the texts stop

Jeremy’s trip to Texas (yee-haw)
Yes, I drove from Los Angeles to Houston and met all kinds of people in Chinatown, experienced other people’s road range and then headed to Dallas for Dim Sum and then had many other adventures.

Jeremy’s trip to Texas (yee-haw)

How do you get something notarized if you don’t have ID?
Some states allow credible witnesses. But in the long run you need ID.

How do you get something notarized if you don’t have ID?

Bikers on boats; Notaries heisting signatures.
Hand over your signatures — this is a heist. But we have no signatures? Then start signing mates!

Bikers on boats; Notaries heisting signatures

Can a Notary sign on a different day?
There is a transaction date, signature date, rescission date, notarization date, (sorry, no lunch dates in this article).

Can a notary sign on a different day?

How long is a notary term of office good for (state by state)

How many years is a notary term of office good for?

Can we turn the industry around?
Carmen and I are trying to make our influence, but you guys need to help out too!

Can we turn the industry around?

A Notary can get a job at a bank more easily.

A Notary can get a job in a bank more easily

FEB 2019

Notary Services Near Me

Notary Services Near Me

Where can I find Notary services near me
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=notary-services-near-me

Notary Public Journal
If someone forges your seal, and you don’t keep a journal, it is hard to prove that you were not the person who did the alleged notarization. Learn proper journal entry procedures in this article.

Notary Public Journal

Notary Public Seal
Learn all the components of a notary seal including vocabulary words such as “serrated.”

Notary Public Seal

Notary Public Education
Where to get resources for Notary education. BTW, start with your state handbook.

Notary Public Education

Can you become a notary if you have a felony conviction?

Can you become a Notary if you have a felony conviction?

Trusted enrollment agent
What are they and what do they do. If they are Japanese would they be a Green TEA?

TEA — Trusted Enrollment Agent

Apostille – general information

Apostille – General Information

How many years is a notary commission good for?

How many years is a Notary commission good for?

Notarizing multi-page documents.
How do you deter page swapping? Read my secret techniques.

Notarizing Multi-Page Documents

Beneficial Interest
What is the difference between beneficial interest, financial interest and conflict of interest? Three different types of interest rates!

Beneficial Interest

Notary Oath of Office information
Don’t forget to file your Oath & Bond with the county clerk!

Notary Oath of Office Information

Can a notary get into trouble?

Can a Notary get in trouble?

Notaries who fail the California notary exam

Notaries who fail the California Notary exam

Notarizing confidential marriage licenses

Notarizing confidential marriage licenses

How do you notarize a copy of a passport?

How do you notarize a copy of a passport?

Parties involved in a Power of Attorney.
Do you know what a grantor, grantee, agent, attorney in fact, custodian and principle are? Better learn otherwise you will appear ignorant.

Parties involved in a Power of Attorney

Certifying a Power of Attorney

Certifying a Power of Attorney

Proof of Execution.
The Notary act where the signer doesn’t have to show up. Really? Next thing you’re going to tell me is that the signer doesn’t have to sign.

Proof of Execution

Mission Impossible — Notary Version
The deranged high school drop out doesn’t want the family to move, but Tom Cruise, jumps off a tall building with a paraglider, chases people down a narrow street, and reads a bumper sticker that says, “Honk if you hate Scientology.” and then saves the day!

Mission Impossible — Notary Version

Compilation of best blog posts from 2010
These are the absolute best posts of all time. Hope you like them.

Compilation – Best blog posts from 2010

Credible Witness Notary — information & resources

Credible Witness Notary — information & resources

Banks need Notaries to be on staff

Banks need Notaries to be on staff

The me too movement affects Notaries in the workplace at a bank.
A female employee complains about sexual harassment because a male co-worker compliments her on her seal.

The Me Too Movement affects Notaries in the workplace at a bank

JAN 2019

My health regimin left me without my favorite foods
No more pakora, fried chicken or large portions of meat…

My new health regimen left me without my favorite foods

How I succeeded creating an online business.
Creating a product that is easy to use with well refined search results isn’t easy, but made me some big bucks.

How I succeeded creating an online business

Can a notary go to jail for notary fraud?
Notaries do a lot of illegal things out of ignorance and negligence. But, sometimes they steal property using their commissions as well.

Can a Notary go to jail for Notary fraud?

Can a Notary act as a witness?
Notaries can witness Wills, acknowledged signatures, capacity, or be a credible witness. What about witnessing a crime?

Can a Notary Act as a Witness?

Witnessing a will
Some people prefer to hire a notary to witness a will since they are professional at witnessing signatures in general.

Witnessing a Will

Find a 24 hour Notary
Last minute okay. Hospital, jail and office visits okay too.

24 Hour Notary

Notary Hyatt Regency
Do I sign the journal based on when I made the reservation or the date I check in? But, can you get notarized in the hot tub? Find out!

Notary Hyatt Regency

California Acknowledgment
Learn all of the components of the new acknowledgment

California Acknowledgment

What are mobile notary fees?
It should depend on experience, time of day, type of job, distance, and waiting time. But, what do you think?

What are Mobile Notary Fees?

Notarized Letter
A detailed Q&A all about how to draft, notarize, and file a notarized letter.

Notarized Letter

A Notary discusses costs with Jeremy.
The notary wants to spend 30 minutes talking about suing someone for $1.96 instead of making some real money.

A Notary discusses costs with Jeremy

Notary Etiquette 104 – contents
Learn about handling initial calls, confirming the signing, general etiquette, answering questions, and see our best links on the topic as well.

Notary Etiquette 104 – Contents

Notary Etiquette 104 – humorous edition
Avoid polyester jackets from the 70’s, don’t be fashionably late, don’t do Oaths for dogs, and it may be time to retire if your email address says “aol.com” as a suffix!

Notary Etiquette 104 — Humorous Edition

Answering questions the way they were asked.
Do you beat around the bush or get straight to the point. In space, nobody can hear you scream and at signings, nobody wants to hear you ramble.

Notary Etiquette 104 — Answering Questions the Way They Were Asked

What to talk about at the signing.
Small talk is good, but talking about guns might backfire… learn the ins and outs of the art of conversation.

Notary Etiquette 104 — Confirming the Signing & At the Signing

Merit, pay grade & answering emails

Merit, Pay Grade & Answering Emails

Mobile Notary Near Me
Where can I find out. Try our directory and you’ll find thousands of good ones.

Mobile Notary Near Me

Public Notary Near Me

Public Notary Near Me

Find a Notary Public

Find a Notary Public

Where to get something notarized?

Where to get something notarized?

Is 123notary tearing down notaries or building them up?
By having some new and higher standards, we are helping notaries learn, but some just feel insulted. Hmm

Is 123notary tearing notaries down or building them up?

Spousal states list
Want to know which states are spousal states for loan signings? Here’s a list!

Spousal States List

The reason why 123notary scrutinizes its notaries

The reason why 123notary scrutinizes its Notaries

A forged notary seal ends someone up with a prison sentence
A man from Glendale involved in a 5.4 million dollar mortgage fraud scheme got caught. Read the details.

A forged Notary seal ends someone up with a prison sentence

An American Notary dates Chinese Notary using an app.
They used a translate app, but the app didn’t translate all of the subtle nuances of the communication.

An American Notary dates Chinese Notary using an app.

One Notary on NR wants to be treated like a professional.
She doesn’t think she needs to be retested. But, if she knows her stuff, being retested would be no big deal, right?

One Notary on NR wants to be treated like a professional

Fake Notary Seals
How can you know if a Notary seal is fake?

Fake Notary Seals

eNotary — electronic notary & electronic notarizations
How to become one, and what they do and what states can they practice…

eNotary — Electronic Notary & Electronic Notarizations

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April 1, 2019

Compilation of best posts by guest bloggers

Filed under: Guest Bloggers — admin @ 7:43 am

Here are our best posts by guest bloggers

WRITTEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANDY COWAN

Trump – Making American Notaries Great Again
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=17023

Introducing the 2019 Notaries!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21147

A Notary goes Public on Shark Tank with Shazamdocs!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18943

Comedic Notary Pricing from Apo-steal-of-a-deal to Zilch (not getting paid)
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18941

MY BIG PHAT GEEK WEDDING
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=17053

Shark Tank – Notary Escrow Pal
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16009

A Seinfeld Episode About a Notary
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=10208

CARMEN’S POSTS

Attorney’s bullying Notaries – when does it end?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19383

SnapDocs, who is it and what is it?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19333

#1 Notary Error
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18956

Please answer your phones and check those emails
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21274

My stolen identity and the fraudulent notary seal
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20753

Oath, what Oath?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19628

Lets stop undercutting each other
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19381

Please don’t quit your day job just yet
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19385

Million Dollar E&O?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19336

KEN EDELSTEIN

A job declined
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19979

Notary for a USA presidential candidate
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19148

Notary of the future
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18952

Get the special jobs
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19106

Notary email tools
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19150

Now is the right time to become a signing agent
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21039

Are you practicing law by drawing a signature line?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21033

Do a half fast embossing
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19981

The automatic repayment form
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19708

My reply to a vague incoming email
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19704

Ken’s list of things Notaries goof on
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19427

Which statement is a true statement?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19421

Notary also a witness
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19415

A call from a cop
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19410

Get off your butt
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19408

Initial notary contact check list
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19423

When you are in a hole – stop digging
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19340

My next notary visit is free
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19298

The Power of Attorney was rejected
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18954

When you really don’t wanna take the job
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18962

Unsubscribe
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19031

Power of Attorney Notary Processing Mistakes
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19031

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March 24, 2019

So the Mobile Notary Well has gone Dry

Filed under: Ken Edelstein — Tags: , — admin @ 2:51 am

I usually don’t date my scribbles. Rather, I try to write what I perceive to be “eternal” truths. Wow, that sounded pompous; even for me. Well today is March 11, 2019, and the calls are down. Not “down and out”, but significantly lower than a few months ago. I don’t know or care about your political leaning; and I’m certainly not going to share mine. Though it probably would result in some interesting comments!

What to do when the well has gone dry? Basically there are only two real options. Ya dig another well or move on to where water is plentiful. If you can think of a practical and creative third alternative please enter some constructive and informative criticism of my analysis.

Dig another Well

Very few of us are likely able to provide “revenue for a family” from mobile notary revenue. I’m not talking about the “higher ups” who get a slice of many pies. I’m referring to the “rank and file”, the troops in the field who actually stamp, emboss, administer the oath and sign. We are legions of “side gig” entrepreneurs eking out a modest supplemental income. I suspect many of us are retired and use the signing fee for a modest night out. Probably a goodly number are youth who eagerly expend major effort, using their endless energy for usually small rewards.

There are many ways to dig that supplementary well. You can knock yourself out distributing business cards and seek the direct calls. Some will take the gamble and pay highly per click. Many will up their visibility by seeking better placement on notary directories. But, as I see it; these strategies, while valid; are chasing the limited demand. Being different, or more accurately, doing different IS digging another well.

Most mobile notaries run their business the same way; no matter what. I have had emails that state “I enjoy processing loan packages and don’t want to do anything else”. OK, you have chosen to starve, certainly in the current notary signing agent environment. Diversify is the word. You have to use your notary standing to offer to do many things. Learn to do fingerprinting, to process Apostilles, Letters of Protest, obtaining birth, death, marriage, divorce and how to work with educational documents. There are many other “authorities” granted to you by your status as a notary. The more you know how to do, the greater your chances someone will hire you.

Move on to the Water

Your status as a notary is an “edge” you have making you more desirable in many functions. Of course you should still market yourself as a mobile notary – great extra income when it fits into your schedule. But, quite frankly it’s not a gold mine currently. That may change – but probably not soon. So, take a real job; one where your notary skills can be an advantage. Use some of the “real job” revenue to maintain your current advertising and directory listings. I can picture some rural lawn signs: “Notary Public and lawnmower blade sharpening”. IM(not so)HO probably the worst thing you can do is chase the 35 dollar edocs. Do the math; there is virtually no profit. Face the reality, be flexible, ADD a few additional skills; notary skills – of course; but don’t limit yourself to solely notary income. When you dig that new well you just might strike oil!

You might also like:

Snapdocs — are the jobs just too far away?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21003

The art of the decline to new jobs
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=15783

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March 21, 2019

A tour of Notary Cafe reveals that business is slow based on job stats

Filed under: Advertising — Tags: — admin @ 10:25 am

My last visit to Notary Cafe was depressing. A handful of Notaries were dominating market share. The others were getting almost no work. Some got zero jobs in the last three months. Others got one or two. How do you make a living with such bad odds?

The Notary Cafe stats show how many jobs you got in the last 12 months and in the last 3 months as well. It is a good marker for, “What have you done for me lately?”

A lot of Notaries are just hanging in there in hopes that things will pick up. I feel that 2019 and 2020 will be good years for Notaries. I don’t know why I feel this. I have no evidence. It is just a gut feeling. I also feel that Snapdocs will slow down in 2019 and 2020 and perhaps leave the industry. But, I might be wrong. We’ll have to wait and see.

On the other hand, Notary Cafe probably counts for about 5% of the signing agent work out there. So, if people don’t get work there, what does it really mean?

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You might also like:

When did Notary Cafe become decaffeinated?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19238

Which directories get high paying listings?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19201

Current signing company gossip (string)
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=gossip

Good signing companies – a thorough list
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21091

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March 2, 2019

Can we turn the industry around?

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 7:36 am

Can we turn around the attitudes of Notaries? Can we get them to enjoy studying up on their knowledge and mastering their art? Can the Notary industry turn around and get more busy? What does this all depend on? Carmen and I are trying to make our influence. We are stressing education to all parties involved including hiring parties. Education means more safety for all parties involved. If you follow Notary law correctly and behave safely in sticky situations, there is less chance of something serious going wrong. Isn’t that safety worth working for and studying for? I think it definitely is.

But, what about turning the industry around so that there are actually jobs? I think that we need a planet or constellation to appear and influence what happens here on earth. I think our lives are so fragile that a celestial body is the only thing that can really change our fate. But, will we get our planet? And moreover, which planet will it be?

I really feel that in 2019 and 2020 the industry will heat up again. The government cannot stay in business with higher interest rates so they will have to artificially lower them. Money is just a game of the controlling powers anyway. It has no intrinsic value. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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February 28, 2019

Notary Services Near Me

Do you ask yourself, “Where can I find a Notary near me?” The answer to your quandry is closer than you think. 123notary is a mobile notary directory. You can find a Notary who will come to your home, hospital, jail cell, airport, or office whenever you want. We have Notaries who speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and a host of other languages as well.

Or, if you prefer to go to a notary office, you can use google local, or yelp and find plenty of Notaries near you.

It helps to talk to UPS stores and general mail box stores. They often have a Notary. Insurance and law offices normally do as well. Realtors are often Notaries too. I personally recommend Google and 123notary.com as search tools to find a great Notary Public.

If you want to learn more about the Notary business, you can visit our links below:

Notary Public General Information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20075

Notary Comedy Articles
http://blog.123notary.com/?cat=3241

Jail Notary Information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21349

How much does a Notary cost in 2019?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21308

Notary Public 101
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19493

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February 21, 2019

How many years is a Notary commission good for?

How long does a notary commission last? How many years is my notary commission good for? How many years is my term of office as a notary public?

The answer is that it varies from state to state.

An Alabama Notary commission is good for 4 years

An Arizona notary commission is good for 4 years

Arkansas notaries are commissioned for 10 years.
A California notary commission is good for 4 years.

A Colorado Notary commission is good for 4 years
A Florida notary commission is good for 4 years
An Illinois notary commission is good for 4 years

Louisiana notaries are commissioned for life and have the hardest training program of any state.

A New Jersey Notary Commission is good for 5 years
A Pennsylvania notary commission is good for 4 years
A Texas notary commission is good for 4 years
A Washington state notary commission is good for 4 years

But, some states have an unusually short term of office for notaries like Delaware which is only a 2 year term of office.

Some states have a short term of office, while others have a longer one.
The majority of states have a four year term, but a few have a five, six, seven, or even longer term.

Our forum article below covers even more states and their lengths of notary terms of office.
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3955

Penalties for notary misconduct, fraud and failure of duty
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21315

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January 23, 2019

What are Mobile Notary Fees?

The states decide what a Notary can charge for Notary services, but few states have rules for what a Mobile Notary or Traveling Notary can charge for mobile services and waiting time.

Notaries in most states (NV & MD have restrictions I’ve heard) can charge whatever they want for Mobile Notary Fees. There are many factors that determine a Notary’s fees. I will list these factors below. Rates generally range from $20 to $50 for mobile fees plus notary fees which differ by the state.

Experience
Notaries with experience typically set their rates higher. The fee depends on how desperate or arrogant they are. Rates can really vary, so shop around. But, realize that getting the best rate is not always the best idea because knowledge and experience count. Also note, that years of experience rarely translate into knowledge. Most Notaries are show offs and typically brag about how many years they have been doing this job. But, when you drill them on knowledge, you might find out they have about the same knowledge as someone doing this for two years who reads Notary tutorials and handbooks regularly. A word to the wise!

Distance
Notaries charge for distance. Some calculate distance based on miles, while others focus more on how long it will take. Others charge by what county you are in or what particular area you are in. It will save you money if you find someone close.

Time of Day
If you hire a Notary during the day, there are more Notaries operating, and the price is lower. If you want a Notary to go to a hospital at 3am, you might be looking at paying double or triple the normal fee. Sometimes the Notaries who offer 24 hour service will yell at you and ask, “Why are you calling me so late? Do you have any idea what time it is?”

Type of Job
If the job is a document signing or loan signing the price will be more of a standard price. Most Notaries do loan signings for $70 to $110 unless they consider themselves to be fancy in which case the price would be $125 to $175. Hospital and Jail jobs cost more because there is more involved, more legal risk, more waiting time, and the clients are normally more difficult. Additionally, since fewer Notaries will do hospital and jail signings, the price by default goes up.

Printing
If the Notary needs to print or fax anything the price goes up.

Waiting Time
If you keep an experienced Notary waiting, they will normally want to get some sort of compensation for their time. Some have a set rate while others have a very foggy idea of what to do if you keep them waiting. Try to be prepared so you don’t keep anyone waiting.

Legal Advice
Please do not ask a Notary for legal advice. They are not authorized to give any, and you will not get good information from a notary about legal matters anyway unless they are an Attorney Notary. Ask an Attorney who is competent and specializes in whatever your question is.

Document Drafting
Ask an Attorney where to get your document drafted and what terms to put in it. Notaries should not help in drafting documents unless they are legally authorized to do so which is rare.

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