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Part 1, Section 9
Notary Fees

Although California Notaries are not required to charge fees at all, it is prudent to charge the same fees for everyone.  The maximum fees allowed are as follows:

  • Acknowledgement - $10 (for each signature notarized)
  • Jurat - $10 (including the oath or affirmation)
  • Certified Copy of Power of Attorney - $10
  • Deposition - $20 (plus $5 for administering an oath to a witness and $5 for completing the certificate on the deposition.)
  • Oath and Affirmation - $10
  • Proof of Execution by Subscribing Witness - $10 (for each signature)
  • Immigration Papers - $10 per set
  • Copy of Journal Entry - 30¢
  • Protest - $0 (Government Code §8211)
  • Verification of any nomination document or circulator’s affidavit having to do with a public election
    (Elections Code § 8080) - $0
  • Application or claim for pension, allotment, allowance, compensation, insurance or other veteran’s benefit on behalf of a US military veteran
    (Government Code § 6107) - $0

 Government Code § 8211

Pursuant to Government Code § 6107, a notary may not charge any fee for any of the following acts:

  • Recording, indexing, or issuing certified copies of any discharge, certificate of service, certificate of satisfactory service, notice of separation, or report of separation of any member of the Armed Forces of the United States.
     
  • Furnishing a certified copy of, or searching for, any public record that is to be used in an application or claim for a pension, allotment, allowance, compensation, insurance (including automatic insurance), or any other benefits under any act of Congress for service in the Armed Forces of the United States or under any law of this state relating to veterans' benefits.
     
  • Furnishing a certified copy of, or searching for, any public record that is required by the Veterans Administration to be used in determining the eligibility of any person to participate in benefits made available by the Veterans Administration.
     
  • Rendering any other service in connection with an application or claim referred to in paragraph (2) or (3).

The ability to provide a receipt for fees paid to you is recommended, and it is a good practice to keep a receipt book with your notarial supplies in case a receipt is ever requested.

If you are a public employee Notary, you may be required to charge a fee and remit the fee to the agency you work for.  The fee charged must also be entered in your journal.

If you are a Notary for a private employer, and your employer pays for your bond and Notary supplies, you may make an agreement with your employer to remit all fees collected to your employer. Government Code § 8202.7

Travel fees are separate from Notary fees, and that fact must be disclosed to the signer.  It is up to the signer and the Notary to decide on a fair price for travel fees.

Charging more than the prescribed fees can result in your commission being suspended or revoked, as well as civil penalties.

 


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