California Notary Fees
Maximum California notary fees are governed by the Secretary of State. Individual notaries may also charge additional fees to cover travel, parking, the printing of documents, waiting for clients to show up, and other legitimate job-related expenses. Mobile notary fees vary, so shop around!
$15 Acknowledgment (per signature)
$15 Jurat (per signature)
Assembly Bill No. 2217
As of January 1, 2017, California maximum allowable notary fees were raised to $15 per acknowledgment or jurat.
Mobile Service Fee
$25 – Covers time and travel
$1 per mile – Additional mileage over 25 miles round trip
After Hours Fee
$20 – Outside normal business hours (9am to 5pm Weekdays, Noon to 5pm Weekends)
$20 – Waived if appointment booked in advance
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If you schedule a Holiday or Weekend Morning appointment ahead of time, normal fees will apply.
Grace period: 15 minutes
$15 – Each 15 minutes thereafter (if notary is notified)
If you’re more than 15 minutes late for an agreed upon appointment and don’t call or text, the notary will depart the meeting place.
Loan Signing Fees
$125 – First set of loan documents (purchase, refinance), document preparation, notarization, travel (up to 25 miles round trip), FedEx/UPS drop-off
$100 – Second set of loan documents at same signing
$25 – Real Estate eDocs (per set)
20¢ – General Printing (per page)
Living Trust Fees
$125 – Covers one signer for one set of living trust documents (including multiple deeds), travel (up to 25 miles round trip), notarization, witnessing signatures
$25 – Each additional signer
If there are only a few notary certificates required, regular signature and mobile fees will apply. You’ll pay whichever rate is lower.
Second Witness Fee
$25 – Witness will accompany notary to appointment
Returned Check Fee
$35 – This covers our bank’s ISF (insufficient funds) fee
$25 – A nominal cancellation fee is due and payable if a signer is physically unable to sign or refuses to sign after notary arrives.
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