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jbelmont

California
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Posted - 05/02/2010 :  3:34:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbelmont's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What should I charge for mobile notary work?

Most states allow a travel fee, although a few states do not. Please click on your state on http://www.123notary.com/find-a-notary-public.asp to see if your state has a restriction on travel fees -- and to find out what the maximum state notary fees are.

You can charge the maximum that your state allows as a notary fee, and if your state has no restriction on travel fees, you can charge a travel fee too. Its good to charge $25-$50 travel fee because travel is time consuming and costly. Also, signers often cancel or delay appointments which takes even more time. If you live in a state which allows you to charge $10 per signature, you might consider charging less than that as the actual process of notarizing a signature is very quick if the identification and documents are in order.

What you charge should depend on how busy you want to be. If time is in short supply, charge a higher fee. If you want more work, then charge a bit less to attract more clients.

Jails / Hospitals
You should charge a much higher travel fee to go to hospitals and jails as there are many delays and problems with proper identification at those types of venues. A travel fee of $50-$70 per visit makes sense for hospitals and jails. You also need to make sure the signer has proper identification or some other way to provide satisfactory evidence of their identity such as credible witnesses.

Loan signings
Notaries get anywhere from $40 to $150 for a typical signing. If you accept e-documents, make sure you get paid enough for printing documents. It would make sense to charge $25 per set of documents for printing e-documents. How much you charge for signings should depend on how much time you anticipate the signing to involve. If the signing is at a busy time of the month such as the last few days of the month, you might charge a slightly higher rate than normal.

Night signings
Notaries can charge a lot extra for 24 hour service. If you are asked to go out after 8pm, you might think about charging a higher fee in increments. Every hour after 8pm, charge an additional $5 travel fee. If you get a midnight signing, you might charge $60 travel fee, and $70 if its at 2am. Be careful where you go at night. Its best to meet the signer at a safe place, especially if you are a woman. 24 hour cafe's or fedex/kinko's places are pretty safe.

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