Notary Public FAQs
A Notary Public’s primary duty is to identify parties who are signing and executing documents and ensuring that they have a satisfactory ID that establishes they are who they claim to be within the document. A Notary Public may also administer oaths for affidavits, or court proceedings. The Notary Public is not a lawyer, and is not to be confused with the duties of lawyers. Notaries do not prepare documents, give legal advice, or verify that a document is legal or binding. Notaries only concern is identifying signers and administering oaths/affirmations.
What is a Mobile Notary Public? How does that work?
A mobile Notary Public is the same as a regular Notary Public, except we travel instead of being stationary in an office. We have the flexibility to go to businesses, hospitals, starbucks, wherever the client is in need of notarizing documents. While a Notary Public, the client would travel to their office during normal business hours and wait in line for them to be available to have their documents notarized. Mobile Notary Public’s provide the utmost convenience, professionalism, and flexibility that many of our client require.
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 maximum that can be charged per signature, but 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 $15 per signature, such as at a UPS store.
How late are you open? Are you available for appointments 24/7?
We are always open BY APPOINTMENT. If you need a Notary Public late at night, you need to make an appointment ahead of time in order to be accommodated. We do sleep, any cannot guarantee last minute service in the middle of the night if it is not set up ahead of time. During the day we do our best to accommodate all requests.
Why get something notarized?
Some documents are required by law to be signed and witnesses by a Notary Public. Documents such as real estate documents, and other legal documents need notarization. Sometimes the purpose of notarization if for whomever is receiving the document to verify that the person they needed to sign the document indeed was the one who signed. It is very useful when doing businesses virtually in order to guarantee that the person signing the document was identified and that the signature is unlikely to be fraud.
Can I notarize anything I want?
While most things are able to be notarized, somethings are not. There are some basic requirements of documents needing to be notarized. The most important is that the document must require the signature of the person who is requesting notarization. Because a Notary Public is here to verify signatures, you cannot notarize something that does not need to be signed, such as a photograph. You also cannot notarize a document that is required to be signed by someone else, or was already signed by someone else. Such as a school transcript that is signed by the school, the student cannot simply sign their name in the margin and notarize it, because they are not required to sign the document.
Can I be refused service by a Notary Public?
Only under certain conditions can a Notary Public refuse to serve someone. If the individual cannot meet the legal requirements for identification, and requirements of documents able to be notarized, then the notary can decline. If the individual is unable to submit payment for the service they are requesting, then the notary may also decline. However, if a member of the public come to a Notary Public and presents all the required documentation and payment, a notary cannot refuse to serve them. A notary can be fined and lose their commission for refusing to execute their duty as a public servant.
Are you a Notario Publico?
Absolutely not! While the translation into Spanish if often called “Notario Publico,” California Notary Public’s are completely different from the meaning of Notario Publico. In Mexico this individual is a type of lawyer and has the ability to give legal advice, and do other things that a Notary Public cannot do. 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.