Notary Public FAQs
The Notary Public has the role of identifying parties of a document and transaction, and ensuring that they executed the document themselves. The Notary Public established the signers identity and authorization to sign the document by using satisfactory evidence as established in California Law. The primary form of identification the Notary uses is a Driver License, Passport, military ID, and other forms of acceptable government ID. Notaries also play a critical role in administers oaths for affidavit documents, and court proceedings.
Notaries are not to be confused with lawyers, they do not provide legal advise, legal assistance, document preparation, or any other duty that is outside of the legal duties of a notary.
Simply put, Notaries verify signers identities, their signing of a document, and administer oaths.
What is a Mobile Notary Public? How does that work?
A Mobile Notary Public is the exact same as a regular California Notary, with the other difference is we travel to the signer to provide the notarization services. We have flexibility to go to businesses, homes, hospitals, jails, and wherever the client may need to execute documents.
The traditional acquisition of a notarized signature would require the signer to locate and go to the office of the Notary Public during their prescribed business hours. Mobile Notaries exist to provide flexibility, convenience, professionalism, and additional services that many people require.
How much can a Notary Public charge?
Any Notary Public has the legal discretion to set their own pricing according to their factors of travel, services provided, time of appointment, etc. The State of California law states that
How much can a Notary Public charge?
A Notary Public has the discretion to set their pricing according to many factors such as distance travelled, extra services provided, time of day, etc. The state mandates that the maximum that can be charged per signature is $15. However it does not mandate the amount that can be charged for additional services such as mobile service, printing, and shipping. If a Notary does not provide any extra service, and is not mobile, they are only allowed to charge up to $15 per signature, such as at a UPS store.
How late are you open? Are you available for appointments 24/7?
We are open 24/7 BY APPOINTMENT. If you need a notary at a specific or unusual time, you need to request the appointment ahead of time to ensure our ability to accommodate you. We do not stay up all night waiting for appointment requests, so we cannot guarantee last minute service in the middle of the night if it is not requested ahead of time. During the day, we request any and all appointments that we are able to.
Why get something notarized?
Some documents are legally required to be signed and witnessed by a Notary Public, such as when an oath must be administered prior to execution. Some documents that require notarization are real estate deeds/documents, trust and estate planning documents, power of attorneys, affidavits.
Some documents are notarized because the entity receiving it would like the identity and signature of the signer to be verified. This is often the case when transacting business virtually in order to establish the identity and signature of the person/client.
Can I notarize anything I want?
Notarization has specific legal requirements. Some documents are not able to be notarized due to not meeting legal notarization requirements for California law.
There are basic requirements that need to be present for notarization to occur, the most critical being that the document must require the signature of the person who is presenting the document to the notary. Items that do not require signatures, such as photographs, are unable to be notarized.
Notaries also cannot notarize documents that are required to be signed by someone other than the individual presenting the document, such as school transcripts signed by the school. We cannot notarize someone else’s signature unless they are present to request the notarization.
Can I be refused service by a Notary Public?
Under certain conditions are notary may refuse to notarize for a member of the public. If the individual cannot meet the requirements for identification, or the document is not legally able to be notarized, then the notary must decline. If the person is unable or unwilling to submit payment in exchange for notarization, the notary is not obligated to provide free services.
If you meet all requirements, and offer payment for the services, the notary public is legally obligated to provide their services. A Notary serves the public, and can be fined and their commission revoked for refusing to execute their duties as a public servant
Are you a Notario Publico?
No! While the direct translation to Spanish is Notario Publico, California notaries are not “Notario Publicos”. The duty of such title is similar to a lawyer, and is not related to the role and abilities of a California Notary.
Do not confuse the two, they are two separate titles and have completely different duties. It is intact illegal for a Notary Public to refer to themselves as a Notario Publico.