A Mobile Notary is a Notary Public who travels to the client’s location to perform notarial acts. Before we discuss the reasons why a Mobile Notary can be helpful for you, let’s first explain the role of a Notary Public.
A Notary Public is a public official appointed by the State Government, typically the Secretary of State. Notary Public is appointed to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official acts related to important document signings.
The primary role of a Notary Public is to screen the signer(s) of documents for their real identity, and particularly, the signer’s willingness to sign the document on their own will, and that the signer is aware of the content in the document or transaction that he/she is signing. Some notarial acts also require the Notary to put the signer under an oath to declare that under penalty of perjury, the information in the document is true and correct.
Notary laws can vary from State to State, and a Notary Public can only perform notarial acts permitted by the state(s) he/she is commissioned.
So when and why you need a Mobile Notary? The number one reason why signers use mobile notary is for convenience – the Mobile Notary comes to your location of choice at the time that is convenient to you. Other reasons why a Mobile Notary is necessary include:
Lack of transportation (e.g. You don’t drive or don’t own a car)
Multiple signers (e.g. couples, siblings, partners) who have different work schedule and potentially located in different addresses
The signer is at a facility (hospital, rehab center, nursing home, correction institution, etc.)
Off-hours signing - most commercial places (e.g. banks, UPS, etc.) have restricted business hours that are in-convenient to the signers
To compensate for their time and travel expense, a Mobile Notary will need to charge for “Travel fee” in addition to the Signature fee. Travel fee is set by the Notary and typically is based on distance, but travel fees do vary. In California, the Secretary of State sets the maximum allowed notarization fee per signature per document at $15 (as of January 01, 2017). You can expect to pay $15 per signature in most commercial locations with a store front (e.g. UPS stores).
Peninsula Mobile Notary provides mobile notary services in the Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The cities we service include Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Campbell, San Jose, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Redwood City, San Carlos, Millbrae, and their surrounding areas.
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